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 is among cities across the country that  are backing a lawsuit which seeks to continue blocking the travel ban President Trump issued last month.

That executive order has been stayed in the courts and this week the president said he will roll  out a new immigration executive order next week.

The cities signing on to the federal lawsuit say they would be impacted by the immigration order previously imposed because of their sizeable immigrant and refugee populations.


There are some more jobs coming to the Eastman Business Park.

On Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that an Ireland-based company called NEST iON Limited will bring at least 17 jobs over the next three years to the park as it has chosen Rochester to establish its new research and development facility.

NEST iON produces high-performance lithium batteries, specifically designed for law enforcement, intelligence agencies and military applications.

Area universities are dealing with some illnesses.  At the University of Rochester, the health service says that in the last 10 days  they have become aware of about 16 students, mainly on the River Campus, who have had sudden onset of symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

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New York's Attorney General is encouraging state residents to test their internet speeds and let his office know if they are not living up to the performance promised by their internet provider.

The suggestion by Eric Schneiderman comes after his office filed suit earlier this month against Charter Communications and its subsidiary Spectrum, formerly known as Time Warner.

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is coming off a year which saw strong growth in ticket sales, while it is still working to overcome its financial weaknesses.

That according to RPO President and CEO Ralph Craviso who says the orchestra had a deficit $2.2 million in the fiscal year that ended last August. But he says bills were paid with the help of the orchestra’s endowment, and he says the RPO is transitioning to a more stable financial situation.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is introducing legislation that would move Election Day in an effort to increase turnout.

The Fairport Democrat says the ‘Weekend Voting Act’ would move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November.

Slaughter introduced the bill on Susan B. Anthony’s birthday, “In honor of Rochester’s trailblazing activist who dedicated her life to ensuring everyone had equal access to the ballot box,” said Rep. Slaughter.


More than 1,000 people packed a luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Wednesday for the annual event honoring the birthday of women’s voting rights activist Susan B. Anthony.

The guest speaker this year was Ann Dexter Gordon, a noted historian on the writings and speeches of the suffragist, who had a home in Rochester and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Gordon says the occasion of Anthony’s birth 197 years ago also should be used to remind us how important it is to preserve voting rights for all Americans.

Rochester Police say there was an officer-involved shooting early Tuesday evening, but they say it ended with no injuries.

Officials say just before 7:00 pm, they were called to 321 Garson Avenue for an ongoing problem involving a former friend threatening the person who called police.

The officer who responded found the suspect, who is a Rochester woman, chasing another woman onto the porch, threatening her with a large butcher's knife.  Authorities say the officer gave repeated commands for the suspect to drop the knife, which she ignored.

Wegmans is facing pressure from some people in Virginia to stop selling Trump Winery products.

The Rochester-based supermarket chain cannot sell wine inside its supermarkets in New York, but in Virginia it does, and spokeswoman Jo Natale says the company offers a number of Virginia wines in stores there as part of a commitment to work with suppliers near their stores.

Wegmans has been carrying wines from Kluge Winery since 2008. That winery was sold to Donald Trump in 2011.


A new study on crime rates in Rochester says that the city has had a serious violence problem for nearly 50 years.

The report was compiled by RIT’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives. Its director, Professor John Klofas says the city had 42 homicides reported last year, compared to 33 the year before.