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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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The del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County on Thursday celebrated its 1st anniversary as a gateway to the Finger Lakes region, pledging to continue to reinvigorate the local community, boost tourism and help new and existing businesses grow.

Vice President and General Manager Jeff Babinski says it’s been a great first year, and they are not worried about competition from other casinos.

The president of the Democrat and Chronicle is leaving. The newspaper said on Thursday that Dan Norselli, who has held that position since August of 2016, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

The 35 year old Norselli began his career with Gannett, the paper’s parent company, in 2012 as digital director of the D&C. He also had a stint as president and publisher of the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri.

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Among those watching the deal announced Wednesday where Fuji will gain majority control of Xerox as part of a new company called Fuji Xerox is a retired longtime Xerox executive.

Emerson Fullwood worked for Xerox for 36 years, in a variety of roles, including having been president of the company's Worldwide Customer Services Group. The Pittsford resident also is still a member of various corporate boards, including the Vanguard Group and SPX Corporation, and he has been an Executive in Residence at RIT.

After a sharp rise in its stock price a few weeks ago when Kodak announced it was getting into the cryptocurrency area, the company’s share price fell 13% on Wednesday, and another 12% on Thursday, closing at $6.95 a share.

Xerox, the storied American company that has its roots in Rochester in the early 20th century, is getting a new owner.

Early Wednesday morning it was announced that Fujifilm Holdings, the company that Xerox has had a joint venture with for many years, will take a majority stake in the company. The new business will be called Fuji Xerox, and will be 50.1% owned by Fujifilm, while also keeping Xerox's listing on the NYSE.

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced its 2018/19 season at its fourth annual, free season preview concert Tuesday night in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 

The event featured the entire orchestra onstage performing selected excerpts, with emcees Music Director Ward Stare and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. 

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Xerox reportedly is nearing a deal with Fujifilm Holdings that would combine Xerox with the joint venture that Xerox has with the Japanese company.

The story in the Wall Street Journal says the deal would see U.S. shareholders own just under half of the new entity.

The WSJ had reported earlier this month that Fujifilm and Xerox were talking about an array of possible alternatives that might or might not involve a change of control for Xerox.

Harris Corporation, which has a large presence in the Rochester area, says it is going to be investing millions of dollars back into the business because of the benefits it anticipates the company will receive from recently passed tax reform legislation.

The company will add $300 million to its employee pension fund, and also put $20 million toward research.

Harris will also grant each of its 17,000 non-executive employees 10 shares of stock, which now is worth about $1,470.

The latest weekly numbers from the Monroe County Health Department show that three more people died from the flu.

That brings to 8, the number of flu deaths reported so far this season. The latest cases happened in three different age groups, including 50 to 64, 75 to 84 and 85 and older. Last year there were 13 deaths reported attributed to the flu in Monroe County.

The producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have announced the final three headliner shows for the nine-day festival which runs from June 22nd to June 30th.

Guitarist and singer Boz Scaggs will perform on Saturday, June 23rd;  Soul pop band Lake Street Dive will perform on Thursday, June 28th and singer-songwriter Jill Scott will perform on June 29th.

All shows take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Previously announced headliners include Seal, and Béla Fleck  and the Flecktones.

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