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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In this week's WXXI Business Report:

--The latest numbers from the NYS Labor Department show continued strong growth in the Rochester area labor market.

--Plans are in the works to redevelop the former Kodak Hawkeye Plant.

-And a major soft drink maker is looking to tap into surging demand for marijuana products (with a non-psychoactive ingredient).

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This is Deaf Awareness Week, a time that is set aside worldwide each year to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people and culture.

Officials raised the International Deaf Awareness Flag outside City Hall in Rochester on Monday, and among those speaking was the Chairperson of Deaf Awareness Week locally, Fred Beam.

Through an interpreter, he talked about the need to educate hearing people about the capabilities of those who are deaf.

Officials in the West Irondequoit School District say they are investigating a security concern after a call from a concerned citizen.

Authorities said on the district’s Facebook page that they have been working closely with Irondequoit Police, and had increased security at Sunday night’s football game in Victor, and that continued, along with a police presence, when the team returned to Irondequoit High School.

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Nazareth College on Saturday night took the wraps off the new Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center.

Located adjacent to the Nazareth College Arts Center, the $15.5 million building includes a 550-seat venue designed specifically for the acoustics of large instrumental ensembles.

Nazareth College President Daan Braveman says that music is now the 2nd largest major at the college. And he says even for students who are not majoring in music, this new space will help them continue their musical interest. 


Thousands of people take part in or watch the annual Rochester Marathon, and that will also mean some road closures this weekend.

The main events are Sunday, but there are activities on Saturday as well, including the Rochester 5K,  starting at 8:00 a.m. as well as a kids’ event. The Saturday events will start and finish at Frontier Field.

On Sunday, the events starting at 7:30 a.m. include the full 26.2 mile marathon, a half marathon and a marathon relay with more than 2,000 athletes.

National Weather Service-Buffalo

The beginning of fall this weekend was preceded by some wild weather on the last full day of summer throughout the Rochester area and Upstate NY.

Strong winds and heavy rain swept through the area Friday evening with a cold front barreling into the region.

Winds were gusting over 30mph, and the National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings for parts of Ontario County and the Southern Tier.

But while areas like Canandaigua, Clifton Springs and Phelps were told to take cover because radar showed the possibility of a tornado forming, nothing touched down.

Monroe County

It is a homecoming of sorts at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester. Anoki, a female polar bear that was born that zoo in 1996 will be coming back.

Anoki, who left the Rochester zoo in 1998 to go to Albuquerque Biological Park, then was moved to the Maryland zoo in 2008.

The Seneca Park Zoo has been without a polar bear since April, when Aurora died of age-related causes.

Anoki was born at the local zoo in 1996 to Aurora and Yukon. Yukon died in 2008.

Apple will start selling its new iPhones and Apple Watch models on September 21, and also on that day, the company will move into a much larger store at Eastview. 

Mall general manager Mike Kauffman says Apple will be moving just a couple of doors down, in the same wing at Eastview.

“They’re more than doubling their size, I think a lot of it really is geared toward improving the customer experience, giving people a little bit more room when they walk in, having more sales people or customer service people to assist.”

A longtime Harris Corporation executive  talks about the company's job prospects here in Rochester, just as he takes a new leadership role with the company. 

Meanwhile, job prospects in Rochester won't be as robust next quarter according to a new Manpower survey, plus find out why Kodak and the fashion retailer Forever 21 are joining forces.

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Actor Robert Forster, a Rochester native who has been in dozens of films and TV shows, was in town over the weekend.

He hosted a private showing for family and friends at The Little Theatre of his new film, called  What They Had,  which is about a family dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Its cast also includes Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner, and Michael Shannon.

WXXI’s Randy Gorbman caught up with Forster after the screening of the film on Saturday. The Rochester screening was the first time Forster had seen the film, which has previously been shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival.