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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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.

Paychex is out with a new survey on what small businesses around the country think about the new tax reform plan. As of late last month, there were some differing opinions.

Also, we recap Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson's presentation at a financial conference where he points out what the company will need to do to improve revenues, and we highlight a big gift for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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Rochester Police have made an arrest in connection with the accident that killed a popular local runner and teacher last week.

On Monday morning, RPD announced that 27 year old Jon Jamberdino of Chili was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, where the injury resulted in death.

Police say Jamberdino turned himself in.

The accident happened last Thursday on Elmwood Avenue at  Wilson Boulevard near the University of Rochester.  38 year old Jill Skivington Jackett, was crossing Elmwood when police say a car struck her and continued eastbound without stopping.

It's expected that the tax reform bill approved by the U.S. Senate early Saturday morning will contain a provision that has upset some officials at the nation’s larger universities.

It calls for a 1.4 percent excise tax for colleges that have larger endowments.  Congressman Tom Reed, a Southern Tier Republican, has been a proponent of the tax.

His district includes Cornell University, and its president opposes the tax which she says would reduce their ability to help economically disadvantaged students and conduct research for the public good.

Several graduates of the Eastman School of Music have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences 60th GRAMMY Awards which will be announced in January. 

-In the category, Best Instrumental Composition, it features two Eastman alums as part of the JACK Quartet; Christopher Otto and John Pickford Richards for Alkaline (Le Boeuf Brothers & JACK Quartet)

-For Best Engineered Album non-classical: Bob Ludwig for, Is This The Life We Really Want?