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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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WXXI News & AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to monitor the rising water levels plaguing the shores of Lake Ontario.

Technical teams are being deployed Tuesday in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties in northern New York, Mexico Point in Oswego County on the eastern shore of the lake and at Fair Haven State Park in Wayne County on the south shore.

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Rochester fire officials have released some more information about a situation that brought out the police department bomb squad on Monday night. Reportedly it began with someone who walked up to a firehouse at Ridgeway and Dewey and said there was a smell of gasoline at 401 Ridgeway.

That is a vacant building.  Fire officials say just before midnight haz-mat teams came in to help and remove the gasoline and put it in a drum for safe disposal.

Voters in New York State will get a chance to vote on their local school budgets on Tuesday. The vast majority are keeping their spending requests within the mandatory tax cap,

The property tax cap is now in its sixth year, and according to the New York State School Boards’ David Albert, most of the state’s nearly 700 school districts are asking for increases that are within the limits of the cap.

Monroe County Republicans held their nominating convention on Monday night, and the committee unanimously backed incumbent Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn to seek a 5th term.

He will face Todd Baxter, who used to be a Republican, but says he switched his party registration to Democrat last week, and will be that party’s nominee to run this fall. Baxter most recently headed up the Veterans Outreach Center, but spent more than 20 years in law enforcement including with the Rochester and Greece Police Departments.


 A one-day airshow scheduled for the Greater Rochester International Airport this week has been canceled.

The airshow promoter, PEC Management says the May 17th show is being canceled because the Canadian Forces Snowbirds notified the company that they will not be able to do the show.  The airshow promoter says at this point, he was just told by the Canadian team it had to do with "operational issues," but there's no specific details yet from the Snowbirds.


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says if President Trump recorded his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey he should hand them over to Congress.

The New York Democrat made the comments Sunday during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union.

Schumer was referring to a tweet  from Trump last week where he said that Comey better hope there are no tapes of conversations between the president and Comey before he starts leaking to the press.

Rochester Police are investigating the discovery of two bodies in what appear to be separate incidents.

They say that they have been conducting an investigation to locate 33 year old Moran Wilson, who has been missing under suspicious circumstances since last Friday.

On Saturday night, while using a search warrant at 52 Dayton Street, police located what appears to be a human body buried in the backyard at that location.

Police have not yet positively identified the body.

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A longtime local member of law enforcement has made it official…Todd Baxter is a candidate for  Monroe County Sheriff.

The  announcement happened in Greece on Saturday at the Airport Marriott.

Baxter made the announcement before a crowd that including a host of well-known local Democratic politicians, including Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and County Clerk Adam Bello.

Two Rochester firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries after a two alarm fire on the city’s west side early Friday evening.

Officials say it involved a house at 888 Jay Street. A second alarm was called because the flames from the large, two and a half story house, were starting to threatened a neighboring home. 

One adult and four children were home in one of the apartments in the building and they, along with an adult living upstairs all got out safely.

Todd Baxter, who recently left a position with the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester after a long career in law enforcement, is expected to announce on Saturday that he is a candidate for Monroe County Sheriff.

Speculation about his interest in the seat now held by Republican Patrick O’Flynn has been heating up since Baxter left his position as executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center last month.

Prior to his three-year stint at the VOC, Baxter was Greece Police Chief for four years and also served more than 20 years with the Rochester Police Department.