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 Rochester court case is raising questions of just what a judge can order a woman to do in terms of getting pregnant again.

This involves a decision involving a drug-addicted woman, who has been a prostitute, having the right to have more children.

The court decision was made by Monroe County Family Court Judge Patricia Gallaher several weeks ago, just before she retired, but it’s starting to generate more attention now.

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

In this report: Greater Rochester Enterprise celebrates their 15th anniversary, what kinds of manufacturing jobs are being created in the Rochester area, and how politics is part of the statewide discussions on economic development funding.

The Monday morning commute may be a bit tricky in spots, particularly to the east of Rochester.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Monroe and several other counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes. It has now been extended until 7 a.m. on Monday.

A few inches of snow fell in the immediate Rochester area overnight, with higher amounts to the southwest and east of the city.

Three Eastman School of Music alumni were winners in Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.

Shane Shanahan, an '05 grad, is a member of The Silk Road Ensemble, which won the Best World Music Album award for Sing Me Home. The ensemble was founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Sean Connors, an ’04 grad,  is a member of the ensemble Third Coast Percussion, which won the Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance Grammy for the album Steve Reich.

Authorities in Livingston County continue the search for two missing snowmobilers on Conesus Lake.

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty tells Time Warner Cable News the 911 center received a call  to report the two missing men, who were last seen on Saturday.

First responders found snowmobile tracks going from the home of one of the men onto the ice-covered lake.

TWC News

Monroe County officials say that temporary repairs are being made to get the county office building on West Main Street open in time for Monday after a car crashed into that building early Sunday morning.

Rochester Police say that just before 5:30 a.m., a car traveling west left the roadway and struck that building at 39 W. Main, causing damage to both the car and the building.

Two people are dead after a one-car crash in Ontario County Saturday night. Deputies say it happened on County Road 37 in the Town of Canadice.

They say 32 year old Richard Cansdale of Lima was the driver. His car went off the road, hit an embankment and a tree before coming to rest on its side.

Cansdale and his passenger, 28 year old Amberjo Rader of Dansville were pronounced dead at the scene.  A portion of the road was closed for several hours and the accident is still under investigation.

Brighton PD

Authorities say that a man suspected of stealing Rolex watches in Brighton worth nearly $60,000 earlier this week has been captured in New Jersey.

U.S Marshal Charles Salina and Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson announced the arrest of 27 year old Daniel Sable on a grand larceny charge.

Sable allegedly stole two Rolex watches from Mann's Jewelers on Monroe Avenue last Tuesday and got away.  

The U.S. Marshals Task Force developed information through their investigation and tips from the public that Sable was in the North Bergen, NJ area. 

Genesee Land Trust

Former Monroe County Executive Tom Frey has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.

Frey had recently moved into the Isaiah House hospice care facility. He died Saturday morning.

Friends and family gathered with Frey last month at St. Michael’s Church in Rochester to celebrate his life, and he met with some of the many political, business and community leaders as well as a variety of other people he’s dealt with over the years. 

Wegmans has ranked #2 in a recent study about corporate reputations.

The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study ranks the reputations of the 100 most visible companies on 20 attributes that include social responsibility, emotional appeal, products and services, vision and leadership, financial performance and workplace environment.

Wegmans President Colleen Wegman says there are five values that guide the Rochester-based company, including caring, high standards, make a difference, respect and empowerment.