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.

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Geneseo Police say two SUNY Geneseo students and a former student are dead in an apparent murder-suicide. They say that 24 year old Colin Kingston of Geneseo,  who recently broke up with 21 year old Kelsey Annese of Webster after a three year relationship, had been distraught when he went to her house.

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(WXXI) We're hearing some comments for the first time from the U.S. Attorney for Western New York about the Emanuel Lutchman case. He's the Rochester man accused last week of trying to provide support to terrorists.

A 25 year old Rochester man is accused of trying to provide support to terrorists, and help ISIS (also known as ISIL) kill innocent civilians on New Year's Eve at a restaurant-bar in the Rochester area.

That according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which says that  25 year old Emanuel Lutchman claimed to be getting directions from an overseas ISIL member, as part of Lutchman's alleged interest in eventually joining the terrorists' overseas operations.

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(WXXI) Christmas may be over, but this is still a critical week for retailers. Ted Potrikus is President of the Retail Council of New York State. 

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(WXXI) The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday issued formal licenses to the proposed Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County, as well as casinos in Schenectady and the Catskills.

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Officials from Wegmans will be in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to help the Smithsonian Institution cut the ribbon on a new gallery on the National Mall, designed for children up to 6 years old.

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Two area utilities have been using drones to help conduct some routine inspections of their facilities.

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — The pastor of an upstate New York church where a young man was beaten to death and his younger brother seriously injured has been indicted on murder charges.


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Local healthcare and fast food workers will be among those taking part in a nationwide push Tuesday for a higher minimum wage. Hundreds of cities and towns around the country taking part in an effort to get a $15/an hour minimum wage nationwide.

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New York State officials are taking additional action which they say is designed to protect consumers of the health cooperative Health Republic.

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 Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer have announced an agreement to save at-risk jobs  at three Kraft-Heinz facilities in Upstate NY that employ nearly 1,000 people. 

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Seven regions across New York state are making their cases this week for why they should win part of $1.5 billion in state economic development funds. 

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Officials with Exelon Corporation, which owns the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Wayne County, say that the plant in the Town of Ontario has been taken offline to begin the plant's planned refueling.

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New York State is going to the dogs, and the cats also. A new poll on pet ownership by Siena College shows that 42-percent of New Yorkers currently have a pet in their household; 30 percent own a dog, 20 percent a cat, and nearly one in 10 have both. Forced to choose, 57 percent of all New Yorkers consider themselves a ‘dog person’ while 17 percent say they are a ‘cat person’.

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New York State officials are gearing up on plans to try and keep stranded vehicles off of Western New York highways during winter storms and other events.  Although the bands of snow and sleet that came through Western New York and the Finger Lakes over the weekend didn't create major travel problems, officials with the NYS Thruway Authority and the State Transportation Department have been planning for the times when that does become an issue.

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New York State residents worrying about whether they'll have the proper I-D to get on an airplane can rest a bit easier. The state has been granted an extension of a federal standard.

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A new survey on what New York consumers think about their finances shows some positives.  Although the Siena College survey on consumer sentiment fell a bit in September, Professor Douglas Lonnstrom says in terms of major purchases, a number of state residents did indicate they are interested in buying a home.

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Advocates for an Equal Rights Amendment gathered Sunday afternoon in Rochester. It happened across the street from the house where suffragist Susan B. Anthony lived. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was joined by the president of  the National Organization for Women, Terry O’Neill and Eleanor Smeal, former NOW President and co-founder of the Feminist Majority.

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Nearly a dozen Red Cross volunteers from the Finger Lakes and Western New York regions are headed to help with flooding down south. The Red Cross says 11 volunteers from its Western and Central New York Region will deploy to South Carolina to aid with tasks like staffing shelters and helping assess the disaster.

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Ten women whose influence continues to be felt in the fields of science, the arts and civil rights are the newest inductees into the National Women's Hall of Fame. They include dance pioneer Martha Graham and Feminist Majority founder Eleanor Smeal. 

M&T Bank & New Jersey-based Hudson City Bancorp have received regulatory approval from the Federal Reserve to merge. The deal was first announced more than three years ago.

Government officials have announced a settlement with a global glass manufacturer that also has operations in Ontario County. It involves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

The former leader of the Rochester Catholic Diocese had a special seat for Thursday’s address by Pope Francis to a joint meeting of Congress. Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark,  was the invited guest of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, so he got to watch the first time a Pope has addressed a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol.

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Alstom, the French multi-national company whose local operations include a facility in Hornell, is expected to be selected by Amtrak for a $2.5 billion contract that would create about 400 jobs in Hornell, and potentially another 350 across New York State.

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A new Siena College Poll shows that for the first time, Hillary Clinton is viewed unfavorably by most New Yorkers, 51 to 46 percent.  That is down from a survey in July, when 56 percent of  voters viewed her favorably, compared to 40 percent who did not.

The State Board of Regents is expected to vote today on regulations for the state's new system for evaluating teachers.

Rochester Police have released more details about the mass shooting on Genesee Street on August 19, including the name of the alleged shooter. He is 21-year-old Johnny Blackshell Jr. of Chili.

Food processing using high pressure instead of heat is coming to the Finger Lakes. Cornell University and State Senator Michael Nozzolio have announced a $600,000 state grant that will allow Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva to purchase and install a state-of-the-art “Hiperbaric High Pressure Processing” machine.

We may still not know the extent of how many people potentially were affected by the cyber attack that hit Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and its affiliated companies.

That's the feeling of a computer security expert at the University at Buffalo, Arun Vishwanath, who is an Associate Professor of Communications and Management Sciences.

At this point, officials at the health care company say that hackers may have had access to the records of  just over 10 million customers at Excellus and affiliated Lifetime Healthcare companies.

There's a major cyber attack being reported by the area's largest health insurance organization. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield says its Information Technology systems were the target of a sophisticated cyberattack. Including its affiliated companies, a total of more than 10-million customers may be affected.

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