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 they are investigating the death of a resident at a local group home.

The say that at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, they were called to 225 Avenue A for a report of a male who was unconscious and not breathing.

The building is a housing program for people with developmental disabilities. It is operated by the Ibero-American Action League. Police say the 911 call was made by a staff member of the group home and when they got there, a resident of the home, Louise Minllety was found dead.

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College at Brockport officials say that nine people, including six current students, have been arrested by University Police and the Brockport Police Department and charged with misdemeanors, as a result of a hazing investigation.

The nine face charges that include hazing, criminal nuisance, and charges under the state’s agriculture and markets law regarding the treatment of animals.

Last week authorities announced that they had detained a number of people for questioning in connection with an alleged hazing incident.

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Rochester firefighters were called out to a two-alarm fire on Tuesday night in the South Wedge neighborhood.  It happened just before 8:30 at the corner of Gregory Street and South Clinton Avenues.

When firefighters got there, they found heavy black smoke pouring out of all three stories of a large, mixed use building at 699 South Clinton. That situation, coupled with the strong winds and not knowing how many people were inside caused a 2nd alarm to be called.

Fire crews did find that everyone had gotten out of the building, and no injuries were reported.  

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Students at Rochester Prep didn't attend classes on Tuesday, but instead joined classmates and their parents to protest after chemical contamination has been found at their school.

The NYS DEC has told Monroe County that ground contamination near the school building, a former Bausch and Lomb facility, may have migrated across the street to a county leased building on St. Paul Street.

Karla Leng is a junior at Rochester Prep. She says they were protesting because the air at the school has high levels of Trichloroethylene (TCE) and the water is dirty.              


The relatively mild weather we’ve seen over the last couple of days is going away.

Colder temperatures came in Tuesday night, and some periods of lake effect snow will continue right into Friday.

News 8 Meteorologist Josh Nichols says there won’t be much accumulation in the immediate Rochester area.

He says there will likely just be a coating of snow in the Rochester Metro up to a couple of inches in spots through Wednesday, with some more lake effect snow possible through the end of the week.

A Henrietta manufacturer has filed notice with New York State that it will be closing a facility on Jefferson Road and laying off 142 people.

AmesburyTruth is a provider of products in the window and door industry and it has filed the required notice with the NYS Labor Department about the plant closure.

The notice says the company expects layoffs to start in March and continue through December 2018.  


The producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have announced the first three headliner shows for next year’s event.

Multiple Grammy winner Seal, will perform on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Banjoist, composer and bandleader Béla Fleck, who played in a sold out show at XRIJF in 2011, will perform on Tuesday, June 26.

Singer-songwriter, Alison Krauss, a two-time Grammy 2018 nominee, will perform on Wednesday, June 27. 

All shows will take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at 8 p.m.


The Greater Rochester International Airport will be hosting an airshow again.  But  it won’t happen until 2019.

Officials with Monroe County says it’s common for the major airshow acts to book way ahead, so it’s not unusual that they are announcing this week that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be coming to the Rochester Airport in the summer of 2019.

A new survey says that a majority of New York State residents plan to keep their holiday spending budgets pretty level with what they spent last year.

That's according to Siena College which says that 61 percent of state residents plan to spend about the same as last year on holiday gifts, while 28 percent say they will spend less, and about nine percent will spend more.

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The music director and conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be around for a while longer.

The RPO announced on Monday that Ward Stare has renewed his contract for three more years, through the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 35 year old Rochester native became the RPO’s youngest-ever music director in 2014.