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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“Maybe the cows tip ‘em off when they’re milking them…”

That’s how comedian Jerry Seinfeld explores the question of who determines the expiration dates on milk cartons in one of his better known routines.

Charter Communications, the corporate name for Spectrum cable and internet services, released a statement on Thursday related to its advertising.

The brief statement said that, "In an effort to help bring about a resolution of outstanding disputed matters with the Public Service Commission of New York, Charter will halt airing certain advertising. We look forward to resolving all matters currently disputed with the PSC in the not too distant future."


Lifespan, the Monroe County based organization that provides services to older adults and caregivers, will help coordinate an expanded statewide effort to combat elder abuse.

Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced $8.4 million in state and federal funding to help provide those services, and the NYS Office for the Aging is partnering with Lifespan  and Weill Cornell Medicine’s NYC Elder Abuse Center to help distribute and manage the funding through September of 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo will be coming to Rochester on Wednesday to the  Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, and WXXI News has learned he’ll be here to talk about ROC The Riverway projects.

During a stop in Rochester earlier this year Cuomo committed  $50 million  in state funding to help redevelop the area along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.

The redevelopment program will consolidate up to 30 development projects along the Genesee River under a single concept.

Spectrum News

Information is still somewhat sketchy, but apparently there are efforts to try and ease the noise complaints some people living near Eastman Business Park have had regarding a film production going on there.

The film set appears to involve a car racing show, and Rochester city officials had sent out a statement recently saying there might be some lighting and noise impacting surrounding streets.

But some people, like Fred Nash, who spoke with Spectrum News, didn’t like the way the whole process was handled.


After an uproar from a number of businesses and other organizations who have operations in downtown Rochester, the city is changing a plan that increased the time that metered parking was in effect.

In an effort to balance the new city budget, which began in July, the hours for weekday parking at the kiosks and meters was extended from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

City of Rochester

The push continues by a number of downtown businesses and organizations to have the City of Rochester roll back a recent change in the parking rates. 

The recent changes in metered parking in downtown Rochester continues to generate pushback from local businesses and organizations.

Business owners are optimistic about growth! You'll get the details from the new surveys by M&T Bank and Paychex.

Also, you may not need to make a Target run, because they're launching an online delivery service. 

Plus, we gear you up for a significant Xerox shareholders meeting, especially after the company went through major management changes this past spring.

Rochester Police and other law enforcement agencies and first responders were called to the city’s northeast side on Sunday night, dealing with reports of rowdiness and roads being blocked by crowds of people involved in impromptu parades and other incidents.

As has happened in recent years, the annual Puerto Rican Festival went off peacefully at Frontier Field, with no problems reported, but revelers gathered along parts of North Clinton Avenue and nearby streets in the hours after the parade ended.

A NYS Parole Board this week denied a request for early release from James Moore.

Moore was convicted of the rape and murder of 14 year old Pamela Moss in 1962 in Penfield.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office says that Moore also confessed to sexually assaulting dozens of other young girls in the Rochester area.

Moore agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty, an arrangement the DA’s office says was authorized by the victim’s family if they could be assured that Moore would never again be free.