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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Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a special session of the NYS legislature, partly to ask lawmakers to approve more money for people impacted by spring flooding.

Cuomo notes that back in July, the state passed a $45 million financial assistance package for homeowners, businesses, and local governments following the lakeshore flooding along Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

A recent survey by M & T bank points to business owners having a fairly optimistic view in the next several months with some companies planning to ramp up hiring.


Also, Harris Corporation scores two bing contracts, and induction ceremonies are coming up for the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.

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(WXXI News & AP) The University of Chicago professor who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics has some Rochester connections in his academic background.

On Monday, the Nobel went to Richard Thaler, who is a professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Thaler won the$1.1-million prize for ``understanding the psychology of economics,'' Swedish Academy of Sciences secretary Goran Hansson said Monday.

Rochester firefighters had a busy weekend utilizing their rescue skills.

According to officials, on Saturday at about 4:45 p.m., crews were were dispatched for a 22-year-old woman at the bottom of the Genesee River gorge on the west side of the river at Maplewood Park.

Fire personnel hiked over 500 yards down into the gorge to locate the victim and helped the woman across the river via the water rescue boat. She was taken to the hospital. There was no immediate word on her condition.

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio says she was involved in an incident Saturday night at  the Radio Social entertainment center, which resulted in another woman being arrested.

Rochester Police responded to the location on Carlson Road just before 9:00 p.m. for a report of a fight. As a result of the investigation, police charged 53 year old Monica Skinner of Spencerport with 2nd degree harassment, which RPD says is a relatively minor charge, similar to a traffic ticket.

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An artist well known not only in Rochester, but around the world, has a new exhibit which opens Sunday at the Memorial Art Gallery. 

The show is called “Wendell Castle Remastered”, and it features around 40 works of art  from Wendell Castle, a master furniture maker and sculptor who is now in the 6th decade of his career. The show is in a renovated space at the MAG.

Office of Governor Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Batavia Friday afternoon to announce that city will receive a $10 million dollar state grant.

Batavia is the Finger Lakes winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The city is in the process of coming up with a plan to come up with projects to improve the downtown area in terms of housing, transportation, economic development and other areas.

Cuomo notes that Batavia has already worked on helping start-up businesses.


A local business services company is laying off nearly 200 people.  Concentrix Corporation, which is located on Monroe Avenue in Pittsford, filed the required notice with the New York State Labor Department.

According to that notice, 192 people will be laid off for economic reasons.  The notice says the facility employs a total of 521 people.

The layoffs are set to happen by the end of the year.

Concentrix is part of California based Synnex Corporation.

Spectrum News

The father of a 3 year old girl who died from injuries she suffered after being beaten last year pled guilty on Friday to criminally negligent homicide.

33-year old Michael Stagles accepted a plea deal in connection with the death of Brook Stagles last November.  He admitted to failing to get his daughter medical attention.

Last week, Michael’s girlfriend Erica Bell was convicted on murder and manslaughter charges in Brook’s death.

Authorities say Brook was beaten while living with her father and Bell.

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The organization Greentopia says it will be launching its effort to create an EcoDistrict in Rochester this weekend, as part of the city’s River Romance activities.

That annual event runs Friday through Sunday and it involves tours, kayaking, river cruises and other activities to promote the use of the Genesee River.

An EcoDistrict would be an area of the city that will help promote sustainability.

Rachel Walsh is eco-district coordinator for the non-profit group.