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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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A search that is reportedly related to the death of a Chili teen continued over the weekend in South Carolina.

That's according to the FBI, who tells Spectrum News the search related to the death of Brittanee Drexel will continue at least until Sunday. 

Myrtle Beach Police say officers from their department along with sheriff's deputies and the FBI began searching  Friday in an area around Georgetown, South Carolina.

The KeyBank Foundation has announced a $250,000 grant to help Rochester Preparatory Charter School.

Rochester Prep is free and open to all families living in Rochester, which helps prepare students while they are still in high school and also follows them to college to ensure they are getting the support and resources they need.

The grant from KeyBank will be used for the school’s College Access and Success program, which helps ensure students are choosing colleges that are the right fit for them.

Sasha-Ann Simons / WXXI News

About 200  protesters gathered outside the Federal Building Friday afternoon on State Street in Rochester to voice their concerns about recent incidents involving immigrants in Western NY.

The protest was actually scheduled even before Thursday night’s rally outside the Border Patrol station in Irondequoit. It had been scheduled in connection with the recent detention of farmworkers in Orleans County.

But Thursday night’s incident brought an additional sense of urgency to the downtown  protest.

Spectrum News

The U.S. Border Patrol released this statement on Friday in connection with the immigration story involving some people from Guatemala:

"On March 23, 2017, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rochester Border Patrol Station responded to a call from a local police department requesting assistance during a vehicle stop.

M&T Bank

M&T Bank’s regional Rochester headquarters has a new home. On Friday the bank officially unveiled its new space at the building formerly occupied by Frontier Communications on South Clinton Avenue.

M&T had its regional headquarters on East Avenue near Union Street for a number of years, but regional president Dan Burns says they really needed some updated offices.

The Police Chief in the Village of Geneseo, Eric Osganian, issued this explanation on Friday of a traffic stop in Geneseo Thursday night that eventually led to a protest outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office in Irondequoit:

A well-known local attorney and former Board Chair of  WXXI has died.

Alfred “Skip” Hallenbeck was 87, and died on Wednesday. He is originally from Hudson, New York, and was a partner with Nixon Peabody later joining Sybron as General Counsel. He eventually retired from the firm of Ward Greenberg.

Hallenbeck  served on a number of boards of Rochester area organizations, including WXXI, where he was Board Chair from 1973-1975. Since then he has served on the station’s Trustee Council.

Spectrum News

There are reports that at least two protesters were arrested after a demonstration outside the U.S. Border Patrol offices in Irondequoit overnight.

Media reports say that a mother and several children were initially taken into custody in Geneseo, and that most of the children were later released.

An advocacy organization called the Worker Justice Center of NY says that police had called the border patrol after a routine traffic stop.

Three local businessmen are facing federal charges that include wire fraud and conspiracy.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the three men arrested Thursday include 56 year old Craig Jerabeck of Rochester, 44 year old Jeb Tyler of Penfield and 42 year old Jason Guck of Victor.

Rochester firefighters had a busy Thursday night when they responded to a fire at a high-rise on East Avenue, and another fire on Farbridge Street on the northeast side.

The fire at 1600 East Ave. was at a large, 12-story apartment building. When firefighters got there, they found flames coming from a 7th floor apartment.

The second alarm fire brought a number of city firefighters to the scene and fire departments from nearby towns helped fill in at city firehouses as part of the mutual aid system. 

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