Randy Gorbman

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.


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a new electric vehicle campaign that includes the installation of 450 charging stations across the state. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on the State Police to launch an investigation into a report that several headstones were toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester this week.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - There will be a racing season at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. The 56th consecutive season of thoroughbred racing was somewhat in doubt when the track owners and the horsemen's association could not agree on terms for this upcoming season. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Details have been released about what to do with a controversial wooden panel that was removed last year from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Officials in Steuben County are bracing for the possibility that hundreds of jobs may be leaving. Kraft Heinz has sent out a notice to 330 employees of the plant in Campbell that they could be laid off.  

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - New York's attorney general is encouraging state residents to test their internet speeds and let his office know if they are not living up to the performance promised by their internet provider.

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A new Siena College poll shows generally strong support for a number of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and budget proposals. 

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(WXXI) Some state lawmakers say they would prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo keep the traditional method of delivering the annual State of the State address.  

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(WXXI) Authorities have identified the man responsible for distributing fliers in Pittsford and Brighton promoting a white supremacist website. 

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(WXXI) A new Siena College survey shows that holiday gift spending among New Yorkers will be pretty similar to what it was last year. The survey shows that more than half of those polled will spend under $500, according to survey director, Don Levy. 

Officials at SUNY Geneseo say they are investigating another incident of racist graffiti. This time, it was the letters KKK found scrawled on the side of a gazebo on campus.  The graffiti has since been removed.


Officials with the del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County have announced an opening  date for that $440 million project. 

(WXXI) A law firm that has filed a class action suit seeking expansion of residential opportunities for people with developmental disabilities is expecting to get a legal response soon from the state.

The president of the Student Assembly for the SUNY System along with the president of the SUNY Geneseo government  have issued a joint statement on hate speech.

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(WXXI) Officials say the New York State Education Department will not make additional changes to standardized tests for students in grades three through eight, at least through 2018.


(WXXI) As if the emerald ash borer wasn’t enough for homeowners and gardeners to worry about, there’s another blight that could threaten local trees. This problem involves a tree fungus called ‘oak wilt.’ It causes disease in oak trees, and the NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation says it has been found in the Town of Canandaigua. 


The Federal Reserve Bank of  New York is out with a report on the country’s well-being when it comes to how Americans are doing in terms of credit availability and the overall health of their credit lines.

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(WXXI News) New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says bid-rigging allegations related to Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs show stronger oversight is needed. 

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The Verizon call center in Henrietta will close early next year, taking 600 jobs with it out of the area. 

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Two companies will bring 600 jobs in Western New York and the Southern Tier. That according to New York Senator Charles Schumer, who says Pioneer and ConServe have been awarded federal contracts to help the IRS collect unpaid taxes.

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(WXXI News & AP) U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will have more information later today on public corruption charges against nine defendants, including Joseph Percoco, who was once a top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo.


(WXXI) Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is releasing details of a crowdsourcing survey he has taken of his constituents, to show what he says are too many "dead zones" for cell phones throughout the state.


(WXXI) An organization in Seneca County is reporting that recent samples taken from Seneca Lake have confirmed, for the first time this summer, the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as Blue-Green Algae.


(WXXI) New York State is lagging the nation in terms of job growth, although some parts of the state are doing better than others. That according to William Dudley, who is the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of  New York.

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Hillary Clinton's run for President of the United States has brought an additional focus on women's rights and to the place where those rights got an important boost in the mid 19th and early 20th century.

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(WXXI) Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed a state agency that regulates energy utilities to take steps to lower statewide energy usage because of the hot, humid weather across the state.

(WXXI) New York State is taking steps to address the illegal sale of  "K2”  and other synthetic drugs after a surge of overdoses in New York City. But those drugs are also causing problems in Upstate New York.

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(WXXI) Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement in the wake of the incident in France where dozens of people were killed after a truck plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France:

(WXXI) State and local officials went to Rochester's Public Market Thursday to tout the fact that more New Yorkers are now eligible for nutritional benefits under the SNAP program, what used to be called food stamps.

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Recent changes in federal law regarding food stamps are having an impact on some people in this area and around the country. The change puts a three month time limit on ‘SNAP’ (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), for unemployed or under-employed adults who are not disabled or raising children.