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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 may be a price to pay for the mild weather we enjoyed in the late summer and early fall.

The combination of shorter days and cooler temperatures cause a chemical change in leaves that gives them their autumn colors before they fall to the ground.

But the 'cooler temperature' part of that equation was missing this year as we had an unusually warm September and October in the Rochester region and much of New York.

It's Cyber Monday so a big increase in online sales is expected. Even though people are shopping online, an area marketing expert says brick and mortar stores are still very important to the overall sales numbers.

Plus, local Harris Corporation employees are among those getting the new James Webb Space Telescope ready for launch, and some news on local acquisitions and mergers.

The law firm representing professors and graduate students at the University of Rochester who have filed a complaint alleging they were harmed by the actions of Professor Florian Jaeger and the way the university responded now say they plan to file a federal lawsuit next month.

Jaeger faces allegations of sexual harassment, and he has been on administrative leave since September.

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Rochester Police have charged two people with 2nd degree murder in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in May.

Authorities say on May 27,  police and firefighters were called to the pedestrian bridge in Genesee Valley Park near the tennis courts for the report of a person on fire. When they got there, they discovered the body of 35 year old David Jones of Rochester. Officials say he had been shot and then lit on fire.

On Thursday, police lodged the murder charges against Imani Williams and Syiesman Brown Jr., both of Rochester.

The petition urging researchers around the world to discourage students from attending the University of Rochester is gaining more attention.

The controversy over allegations of harassment made against Professor Florian Jaeger was picked up in a story by the Washington Post on Wednesday.

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer made a stop at the Mary Cariola Children's Center on Wednesday to push for legislation that would provide wearable tracking devices to families that need them for children, or adults who might wander away due to a disability.

The New York Democrat says that Monroe County is among one-third of counties in New York State who don't have such program right now.

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The U.S. Attorney’s office says that a Brockport kindergarten teacher is facing child pornography charges.

30 year old Roland Yockel II of Hilton was arrested after Homeland Security agents in Arizona heard from investigators in New Zealand. That investigation identified individuals who utilized an Internet based application to receive and distribute child pornography.

Federal authorities say an IP address was traced back to Yockel, and they say a search warrant at his residence turned up numerous videos and images of child pornography.

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The Rochester School Board has launched a search to fill an upcoming board vacancy. That’s because longtime member Malik Evans won a city on City Council.  As of Tuesday, November 21, the board is accepting applications to fill that spot.

It’s expected that the school board will vote on someone to fill the board slot in January.  That person would have to run in the general election next year, and if they wanted to stay on for a full term, they would have to run again in 2019.

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Brockport Volunteer Ambulance says it has closed up shop. 

The volunteer corps released a statement on its Facebook page which said that as of 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, it stopped providing primary ambulance service to the Village of Brockport and secondary service to the Towns of Clarkson and Sweden.

A prisoner whose escape from a North Country prison two years ago garnered nationwide headlines,  has been moved to Wyoming County.

The NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says that David Sweat was recently transferred from the Five Points Correctional Facility in Seneca County to the Attica Correctional facility.

The state says it conducts bi-annual reviews, which include looking at concerns such  as an inmate’s behavior, allegiances with other inmates that could become disruptive, or over-familiarity with a facility.

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