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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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There’s a controversy on social media over the arrest of a former University of Rochester student.

It was sparked by a cell phone video of the man, Mohammed Rifat, being taken into custody by a UR Public Safety officer.

On Facebook, a friend of Rifat’s said that he was upset because Rifat was arrested just because he was on campus without currently taking summer courses.

While a number of people posting on that thread also expressed outrage, some others defended the actions of the officer.

The winners of the 2018 Buffalo Marathon were from the region. Tim Chichester of Hornell was the top men's finisher with a time of 2:18:06. Hornell is a Mt. Morris native.

Laura Anderson of Rochester was the first woman to cross the finish line at 2:57:06.

More than 7,000 people participated in the various races associated with this year's marathon. Local resident Steve Williams was one of them. He ran the full 26.2 mile course. It was his first-ever marathon.

An intensive search continued in the area of a Sodus farm on Sunday with no sign yet of 14 month old Owen Hidalgo Calderon.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says that 200 searchers from several area police and fire departments, ENCON Police and other agencies again combed through areas around the 350 acre farm on Joy Road.

Authorities had recovered the body of Owen’s mother, 18 year old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, from a wooded area of the farm on Wednesday.

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A couple of area federal lawmakers are trying to throw their influence behind the effort to allow veterans to sell poppies in front of local post offices, but it doesn’t appear the U.S. Postal Service is budging on its policy.

It has been a long tradition by veterans all over the country to sell red poppies to raise money for various VFW and American Legion posts and veterans who need assistance.

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The Republican Majority Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature is demanding an investigation of how documents are treated at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the County Clerk's office.

This week, News10NBC reported that documents containing personal information were simply thrown away instead of properly disposed of at the Henrietta and Irondequoit branches.

Wayne County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: As of Saturday 4:00 p.m.:

Search crews looking for the missing 14 month old boy in Wayne County have ended efforts for the day. They will resume on Sunday. Saturday, there were 165 searchers from several agencies combing through a Joy Road Farm in Sodus. Efforts will continue on Sunday. Anyone who has information about the missing child, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon is asking to call 911.  

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The University of Rochester will be partnering with two Buffalo institutions in an effort to speed up the development of new pharmaceutical drugs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of the Empire Discovery Institute, which will involve a partnership of the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The idea is to help move promising new drugs through the process more quickly.  Steve Dewhurst is Vice Dean for Research at UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has found the body of 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, but they are still looking for her 14-month-old son Owen. The woman’s boyfriend, Alberto Reyes has been charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Sheriff Barry Virts announced on Thursday evening that Hildago-Calderon’s body was found in a bag in the woods on Wednesday behind a farm on Joy Road in Sodus. Crews had spent the last two days searching an apple orchard in that area.

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An executive at Morgan Communities, who is one of four men named this week in an indictment alleging mortgage fraud, was arraigned in federal court in Buffalo on Thursday.

29 year old Todd Morgan, a project manager at the company headed up by his father, Robert Morgan, entered a not guilty plea on the bank and wire fraud charges. He was released on bond which was set at $25,000.

A San Francisco based software development company is opening an office in downtown Rochester and they are expected to create at least 30 new full-time jobs at that site over the next five years.

The firm is called EmployeeChannel  and they will be located inside the RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship on Franklin Street.

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