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 Town of Henrietta is looking at ways of repositioning older retail buildings in the area to attract new types of investment.

Town Supervisor Steve Schultz says officials have been working on updating the zoning code to allow for more mixed-use development, and that was even before he learned of the possibility the University of Rochester may put in a new orthopaedic center in Henrietta.

The president is revealing his choice to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Watch the announcement LIVE at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

It will also be on WXXI TV and  WXXI Radio - AM 1370, FM 107.5 and the audio will be streamed at wxxinews.org and the WXXI App.

In this week’s WXXI Business Report we hear about some surveys, including:

-An AARP survey which indicates Canandaigua is a great place to live and is a good value as well.

-A survey that puts Wegmans’ leader Colleen Wegman up among the top CEO’s.

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The president of a charter school in Rochester who has been part of a story that gained national attention after the school’s valedictorian wasn’t allow to speak at graduation has left that school.

A statement released Monday from University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men says it has accepted the retirement of the school’s president, Joseph Munno.

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When Rochester City Council meets later this month, one of the items they will vote on is accepting money from the state to move ahead with a study that will look at the feasibility of filling in another part of the Inner Loop.

Mayor Lovely Warren is asking Council to move ahead with a study that would look at the possibility of taking out the remaining north portion of the Inner Loop, after the eastern part of the loop was filled in over the last few years.

Assemblyman David Gantt secured $1 million for the study.


The July 4th  holiday was a hot one across the region.

It got up to 96 degrees on Wednesday, with the 'heat index,' the way it feels with the humidity,  hovering around 100 degrees.

The National Weather Service has  issued another Heat Advisory for Thursday as well, from Noon to 8:00 p.m. for much of the region.


It’s not official yet, but it appears that Yates County resident Tracy Mitrano is the winner of the Democratic Primary in the 23rd Congressional District.

Five candidates were running for the nomination in an effort to challenge Republican incumbent Tom Reed this fall.

Robin Wilt made it official on Wednesday, she is a candidate for Assembly in the 136th District. 

That’s the seat currently held by Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle. The Irondequoit Democrat is not running for re-election to that seat because he is running for Congress in the 25th district.

Wilt lost the Democratic Primary last week to Morelle in a four-way contest, and recently she changed her congressional campaign website to indicate that she will run for Assembly.

Spectrum News

Rochester will continue its annual July 4 Independence Day celebration downtown with fireworks set to a Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) performance on the Main Street Bridge.

The evening kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a jazz performance on the Main Street Bridge by Paul C. Boutte and the Motown Review. The RPO, featuring Conductor Ward Stare, will follow with a performance of patriotic favorites from 9 - 10:15 p.m., featuring a fireworks display over Downtown at 10 p.m.

All events are free.

A new nationwide index of small business job growth and wages by a Rochester company is showing the pace of those numbers slowing.

Paychex, the payroll processing and HR services company, along with the company IHS,  does a monthly index on the rate of both jobs added and wages at small businesses, and in June, both of those metrics moderated a bit.