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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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A recent study of the economy for the Rochester area over the last several years presents a mixed picture.

The study is an annual report from the Washington based think tank, the Brookings Institution. The Metro Monitor report tracks the economic performance of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.

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A Webster teacher is facing charges, accused of recording two female students with his cell phone while they were changing clothes inside a school bathroom.

Webster Police say that 44 year old Terrance Hoctor of Webster faces two felony counts of unlawful surveillance,  and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Hoctor is a fourth grade teacher at State Road Elementary School.

District Superintendent Carmen Gumina says the district is working to provide support to students in the wake of these allegations.

Questions are being raised about the development of a key industrial park in Genesee County.

A Massachusetts startup company called 1366 Technologies has been talking about building a plant that makes silicon wafers for solar power cells in Genesee County for some time now.

There are at least two men with ties to Western New York who are again on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires.

Paychex founder and still chairman of the company, Tom Golisano, increased his net worth by $500 million over the last year to $3 billion in the new Forbes list.

Golisano, former owner of the Buffalo Sabres, still visits the area and makes  major philanthropic donations to various local organizations, but he lives much of the year in Florida.

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch are in their third day.

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A Rochester teen is the winner of this year's Princeton Prize in Race Relations. 

18 year old Shalinda Bollar was honored this week at the  award ceremony at Allendale Columbia School.

Bollar was recognized for work she has done both with the city school district and at the Teen Empowerment Center where she is a youth organizer.

Bollar, a student at Early College International High School, has worked on the effort to revamp the Code of Conduct in the city school district, so that suspensions are used only as a measure of last resort.

A medical information technology company based in West Henrietta plans to expand and add more than 80 jobs. 

eHealth Technologies, which helps hospitals and other health care providers organize and share medical information, plans to add 84 jobs over the next three years.

That according to its president and CEO, Ken Rosenfeld, who says they will be adding a variety of positions including customer service and research and development jobs. 

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The  New York State Legislature has re-elected two members of the Board of Regents including Vice Chancellor, and Rochester attorney, T. Andrew Brown, as well as Regent Nan Eileen Mead.

Brown was first elected to the board in 2012. He was named Vice Chancellor after Betty Rosa replaced Chancellor Merryl Tisch who did not seek re-election.

The board also welcomed a new member, Susan Mittler, who led the Ithaca teachers union for a number of years. She replaces James Tallon, a Binghamton-based  Regent. Mittler is now a visiting lecturer at Cornell University.

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Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet to its cast, and she is unlike any Muppet they have had before.

Her name is Julia, and she has autism.

The character was introduced online in 2015, but will now become a regular on the television show.

Rachel Rosner, the director of education and support services at Rochester-based Autism Up, said introducing a character with autism is a huge step forward for the show — and for raising awareness.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is taking questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee in the second day of his confirmation hearing. 

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