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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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Mortgage rates are on the rise, with the average rate on the 30-year fixed loan jumping to nearly four and a half percent this week. But at least one local expert is not seeing a slowdown in home buying activity.

In fact, Steve Babbitt, the President of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, feels the recently rising mortgage rates have actually spurred home buying by people who want to lock in a loan before rates rise further.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has admonished an appellate level judge who is based in Rochester. The commission says that Nancy Smith, a justice for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, should be admonished for sending an unsolicited letter on behalf of an inmate who was applying for parole.

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Rochester Police Chief Jim Sheppard is releasing some more information about an incident on the northeast side on Thursday where one of his officers was among three people wounded in an exchange of gunfire.

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A shooting on Rochester's northeast side late Thursday afternoon injured a city police officer, and two other people, including a suspect police were seeking.

Officers were in pursuit of a suspect in a double homicide that happened outside a nightclub earlier this week. The shots fired on Thursday happened near North Goodman and Yates Streets, not far from Norton Street.

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A change in a local Marine Reserve unit may cause complications for a well-known toy distribution program later this year.

The Marine Reserve unit that was based at a facility on Paul Road in Chili was recently dissolved. That's because of an overall review of the duties carried out by the Marine Corps. The 75 or so reservists who were based there must now travel to Syracuse or Buffalo to complete their service obligations.

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature are proposing a registry to keep track of people who abuse animals.

The CEO of Lollypop Farm and the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, Alice Calabrese says her organization logs over 1200 calls about animal cruelty every year.

And that's why she supports a proposal by the lawmakers who want to establish a registry of people convicted of serious animal abuse crimes.

She says there is a high recidivism rate among some people who abuse animals.  

U.S. Navy

The Department of Defense has announced the appointment of the first female commander for U.S. Naval forces in Korea, and officials say that woman is a Rochester native.

Captain Lisa Franchetti has been nominated for the rank of rear admiral. She has been serving as a military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy in Washington.

The date of her new assignment was not immediately available, but officials say that Navy commanders in South Korea traditionally change out in September, and then serve two years in that area.

Rochester School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is hoping that three high-performing educators will help the city school district raise graduation rates.

Vargas is announcing that three former leaders of high-performing city schools will return to leadership roles in the district.  They include Ray Giamartino, who is currently Superintendent of the East Rochester School District and a former city school administrator;  Suzanne Johnston, longtime principal of the Wilson Magnet  High School and Ralph Spezio, who spent 12 years as principal of School number 17.

Area emergency rooms and paramedics are getting a little busier with calls related to the hot, muggy weather this week.

At Rochester General Hospital, Dr. Bryan Gargano, who is medical director at the E-R, says the first big heat wave of the season often causes problems, partly because people spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the warmer temperatures.

He says RGH has already seen an increase in the number of people coming to the emergency room in recent days, especially people who do a lot of work outdoors such as roofers and road construction crews.

Xerox Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival

Thousands of people flocked to downtown Rochester Friday night for the opening of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Very mild temperatures and free outdoor acts like Dr. John helped draw huge crowds downtown, as well as artists at other venues including Pink Martini and Nikki Yanofsky.

Hundreds of artists are performing during the nine day festival which usually draws close to 200,000 people over the event which is based in Rochester's East End.

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