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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Office of Assemblyman Bob Oaks

A longtime area Assemblyman says he is not going to run for another term this fall. Republican Bob Oaks of Macedon represents the 130th Assembly district which includes all of Wayne County and parts of Cayuga and Oswego counties and he wrote a statement published by the Times of Wayne County saying that it “has been an incredible experience and amazing opportunity” to have represented the area over the last 26 years.

The NYS Health Department has issued a warning about potential exposure to measles in Livingston, Genesee, Niagara and Chemung Counties.

Officials say that an international traveler from Europe who has been confirmed to have measles visited multiple venues in New York State potentially exposing others to measles on April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd.

Officials say that anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed:

Strong winds helped bring down tree branches and power lines late Friday afternoon and into the evening. The winds gusted close to 60mph on Friday.

Overall, nearly 5,000 utility customers were affected throughout the region, with the bulk of them in Monroe and Wayne Counties.

Emily Hunt / for WXXI News

Xerox says it will appeal a ruling from a NYS Supreme Court Justice who last week blocked the proposed takeover of the company by Fuji.

Judge Barry Ostrager had issued his preliminary injunction after a shareholder lawsuit by activist investor Darwin Deason.  The judge had said that CEO Jeff Jacobson sought to conclude the deal even though he was advised to end negotiations.

A tumultuous week for Xerox has resulted in another surprising turn of events.

Late Thursday night, Xerox released a statement saying that its current board and management team will stay in place, after a settlement agreement it had reached with two activist shareholders has expired.

New York State officials are in a bit of battle with Charter Communications, the corporate name for the company that provides Spectrum cable TV and internet services.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement this week saying that the NYS Public Service Commission has started legal action against Spectrum for potential violations of its franchise agreement.  Cuomo says the state approved the acquisition of Spectrum and its ability to operate in New York based on the company fulfilling certain obligations, including providing broadband access to underserved parts of the state.

Tianna Manon / WXXI News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joined by officials from a high-tech company on Thursday to announce that company will locate operations in Rochester and create about 500 jobs.

The company is called LiveTiles. It’s a software company that does work for educational and corporate clients around the world and is also involved in artificial intelligence.

LiveTiles is owned by an Australian firm, but has headquarters in New York City, and now it will be locating one of its hubs in Rochester, on Commercial Street in the High Falls neighborhood.

Emily Hunt / for WXXI News

Along with all of the changes and controversy surrounding its management structure this week, Xerox is also reporting first-quarter earnings. They were released Wednesday night, but the company is not holding the usual conference call about the report with investors.

For the quarter, the company saw $23 million in net profits, down from $40 million a year ago. The adjusted earnings per share of 68 cents missed the average estimate from Wall Street analysts.

Spectrum News

Longtime local cable news reporter Mike Hedeen has died at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer.

He worked with what is now known as Spectrum News for about 28 years, starting out in the sports department, but transitioning to news reporting in 2006. He retired from Spectrum last year.

Hedeen’s career began in his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota at KBJR. He also worked for network affiliates in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Waterloo, Iowa.

The sudden news about sweeping changes in Xerox’s management ranks has left a lot of questions as well as unsettling feelings for some employees.  

With the surprise announcement Tuesday night that Xerox CEO Jeff  Jacobson is stepping down, along with the board of directors Chairman and several other directors, it has raised questions about where the company goes from here. 

The agreement between Xerox officials and two major shareholders also puts the possible takeover by Fuji up in the air as well.