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 have confirmed that late Sunday afternoon, Scuba divers from RPD and Monroe County recovered a body from the Genesee River near the Douglass-Anthony Bridge.

While Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says there needs to be confirmation of the identity of the person from the Medical Examiner’s office, the body is that of a male, with “a physical and clothing description consisting with Trevyan Rowe.”

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A news conference to update the media and the public about the search for a missing 14 year old Rochester boy with autism got very emotional on Sunday afternoon when the mother of Trevyan Rowe came up to the microphones.

Carrie Houston asked to say a few words at the briefing, mainly because she just felt it was important to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have come from all over the area to help search for her son since he went missing early Thursday morning.

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The search continues for 14 year old Trevyan Rowe, the Rochester boy with autism who has been missing since he was last seen getting off a school bus early Thursday morning on South Avenue near School 12.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Deputy Chief Mark Simmons (who is Acting Chief since Chief Michael Ciminelli is out of town), briefed reporters Saturday night on the search efforts.

Hundreds of volunteers were out Saturday helping in the search for  14-year-old Trevyan Rowe.

People from around the Rochester area gathered at the Al Sigl Center on  Elmwood Ave Saturday to assist with the search efforts.

Rowe, who has autism, was last seen Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m., stepping off the school bus. But authorities say he never entered School 12, where he’s a student.

His family says he may have left to look for his missing cell phone.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that a dozen people have been charged in a marijuana conspiracy operation.

The 12 people range in age  from 20 to 62, and officials say the marijuana distribution organization has been operating in the Rochester area since 2014.

Authorities say police used search warrants to look through nine locations and seized over 130 pounds of pot, along with more than $180,000 in money orders and four vehicles that were used in the trafficking of the the drug.

A Monroe County grand jury has indicted a Rochester City School District student with two counts of “making a terroristic threat” after she allegedly made a Facebook post threatening to shoot people at East High School.

23 year old Abigail Hernandez who is said to having learning disabilities, was arrested by Rochester Police late last month.

Hernandez is an undocumented immigrant, and she has been in federal custody in Batavia. 

Police have said she  also was in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

A grand jury in Monroe County has declined to indict a Greece man who had faced a felony charge of making a terroristic threat because of a rap video he had posted online.

Greece Police last month charged 23 year old Randy Ross after viewing a video in which they say he can be saying and making terroristic threats on various school properties in the Greece School District.

There is a YouTube music video by Ross which included the outside of Greece Arcadia High School.

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The operators of the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Wayne County say that plant was taken off line on Thursday evening to repair some nearby electrical equipment.

That equipment is actually owned by RG&E and it’s located across the road from the Ginna plant. The issue involves the repair of some transformer equipment.

The plant was taken offline to make it easier for RG&E to make the repairs; there is no danger to the public.

Rochester Police continue their search for a missing 14 year old boy. 

They say that Trevyan Rowe left School 12 on Thursday and did not return to his home in the city.

Authorities say that the teen has autism and may be in need of medical attention. He was last seen getting off the school bus on South Ave. at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Officers say that information they gained during the investigation suggested that they look for Trevyan in wooded areas. There are several of those near his school located at 999 South Avenue.