Randy Gorbman

Director of News and Public Affairs

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online. 

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Empire State College.

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Rochester police say four people were shot Wednesday night on Genesee Street. It happened about 8 p.m. on Genesee near Kirkland Road.

Authorities say it appears none of the injuries are life-threatening. All four victims are from Rochester. They include a 27-year-old man who was seriously injured, along with a 34-year-old man and two 32-year-old men.

The shooting happened near one of the city’s "blue light" cameras.  There’s no word yet of any suspects.

The shooting on Genesee happened on the same day that three other people were shot in the city.

Wegmans is responding to some criticism by Costco over how prices are displayed in its stores.

The complaint made by Costco has to do with certain in-store comparison pricing displays at Wegmans stores. Costco challenged claims made in those displays through The National Advertising Division, which is part of a self-regulatory effort by the advertising industry.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 inductees. There are six of them, including:

-Samuel Adler, a celebrated classical composer and Eastman School of Music professor from 1966 to 1995

-Joe Beard, blues guitarist and vocalist and member of the Son of House band

-Gary Lewis, the 1960s hitmaker with Gary Lewis and the Playboys who now lives in the Rochester area

-“Uncle” Roger McCall, radio DJ and supporter of Rochester’s local music scene

Conduent, the company that was spun off from Xerox and which focuses on business services, has released fourth-quarter and full-year earnings.

Those full-year results represent operations while Conduent was still part of Xerox Corp.

For the fourth quarter, the company saw a net loss of $951 million and revenues of $1.5 billion. For the fiscal year overall, the loss was $983 million, and revenues came in at $6.4 billion.


On Tuesday, two actions locally reflected the debate about the recent actions on immigration taken by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Rochester City Council unanimously approved a resolution affirming the city’s status as a “sanctuary city,” something that other communities around the country have done, to say that while they will follow the law, they will not directly be part of federal efforts to look for undocumented immigrants.

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Monroe County Deputies have charged a Town of Sweden man with assault following a hunting accident early Monday evening.

Authorities were called to Covell Road in that down for a report of a man who was shot in the stomach.

The victim, 32 year old Robert Williams of Bergen, was taken to Strong Hospital where he is listed in guarded condition.

Deputies say the man they eventually charged, 42 year old Brett Blackburn, tried to render first aid to Williams. Blackburn’s son was also there.


Kodak recently marked five years since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The Rochester company emerged from bankruptcy in late 2013, and recently, WXXI News Director Randy Gorbman interviewed CEO Jeff Clarke by phone.

Jeff Clarke wasn’t around for some of the darkest days at the photo giant -- he was named CEO in 2014 -- but he realizes just how traumatic that process was for a lot of people.

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A local Congressman got an earful, and then some, when he held four town hall meetings in Western New York and the Southern Tier on Saturday.

The sessions were raucous at times with protesters making their displeasure known loudly, particularly on the issue of the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Reed supports the initiative of President Trump and Congressional Republicans to get rid of the ACA and replace it with something else.  He told WXXI News on Sunday that despite town hall meetings that got quite heated on Saturday, he doesn’t regret holding them.

Two Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies suffered what are described as non-life threatening injuries after an accidental shooting early Sunday.

Authorities say the two men were at a private residence in Hilton just after midnight and had just finished cleaning and loading a handgun.

The gun dropped and one of the deputies tried to catch and in doing so, he grabbed the trigger and the gun went off, shooting him through his hand and in his lower leg. A bullet fragment also hit the other deputy in the leg.

Staffers at the Yates County Chamber of Commerce are mourning the loss of their President and CEO.

Mike Linehan died suddenly this past Wednesday. The cause of death of the 54 year old Linehan has not been determined yet.

Linehan headed up the chamber for 24 years.  The current chair of the chamber, Kathy Waye called Linehan “a tireless advocate for local businesses,” and said that “with his sudden death, the board will continue moving forward in following Linehan’s vision as president.”

Former board chair Mike Manahan said that “he was a true visionary.”