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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There is a major deal in the works involving two local healthcare companies.

There is an agreement that would see Rochester Regional Health acquire Lifetime Care, the local home care and hospice organization.

Lifetime Care is part of Lifetime Health Care Companies, the umbrella organization which also owns Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The president and CEO of Rochester Regional Health, Dr. Eric Bieber, says the partnership would better serve patients, communities and staff.

Monroe County Democratic Committee

The Monroe County Democratic Party has a new chairwoman.

On Wednesday night, Brittaney Wells accepted the nomination after what party officials say was an overwhelming vote by city and town Democratic Committee members.

Wells is the first African-American to hold the job locally, and said that Monroe County Democrats must embrace a spirit of unity in order to take full advantage of opportunity Democrats have to win the county executive’s race next year.

Eastman Business Park

There is new leadership coming to the Eastman Business Park.

Kodak announced on Thursday that Dolores Kruchten is retiring from her position as leader of the business park and Kodak Corporate Real Estate.

Kruchten has had a 36-year career as a senior executive with Kodak. She took over as Vice President of the business park in 2015.

Livingston County has its first human case of mosquito-borne West Nile Virus this season.

According to information on the county’s website, the New York State Department of Health has confirmed that case. County officials say they are working closely with the state and the person who has the virus.

Last month, officials in Monroe County reported that a county resident died from the virus.

Paychex is reporting sales and profits that beat Wall Street estimates for its latest quarter.

For the Rochester company’s fiscal first quarter, it earned more than $243 million which is 16 percent higher than a year ago.  Earnings per share of 67 cents topped analysts’ average estimate by 2-cents.

Sales were nearly $863 million, up nine percent from last year. That was more than $12 million higher than what Wall Street expected.

(Waterloo Region Record photo / Peter Lee)

Three scientists from the United States, France and Canada have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for advances in laser physics. 

Half the $1 million prize goes  to Arthur Ashkin of the United States and the other half will be shared by Gerard Mourou of France and Canada's Donna Strickland. 

Both Mourou and Strickland have connections to the University of Rochester’s  Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

Strickland got her doctorate at UR in 1989 and Mourou is a former optics professor and scientist there.


( WXXI News & AP) There are Rochester connections for 2 of the 3 winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics which was announced early Tuesday.

Three scientists from the United States, France and Canada have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for advances in laser physics. 

The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences on Tuesday awarded half the 9-million-kronor ($1.01 million) prize to Arthur Ashkin of the United States and the other half will be shared by Gerard Mourou of France and Canada's Donna Strickland. 

Monroe Community College

Two Monroe Community College alumni returned to the school on Monday to say they will be making a $4 million donation as part of a $50 million campaign to increase the number of scholarships available to MCC students.

Robin and Timothy Wentworth, now living in St. Louis, formerly of Rochester, were 1980 graduates of MCC. The gift from the Wentworths is the largest in the college’s history and will help provide full scholarships to 100 MCC students each year.

The gift exceeds the Wentworths’ previous gift of $2.25 million. MCC plans to name its arts building in their honor.

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New York dairy farmers should see some advantage from a revamped trade deal with Canada.

That’s the hope, anyway, with news that Canada will be  linked again with the U.S. and Mexico in a revamped North American free trade deal after weeks of negotiations.  The new deal, replaces NAFTA, which President Trump had called a job killing disaster.

The new pact should help open up dairy markets for U.S. farmers. That according to Lauren Williams, Senior Associate Director for National Affairs for the New York Farm Bureau.

Mighty Taco, the Buffalo-based chain of Mexican restaurants, has just closed its Henrietta location on Jefferson Road.

The chain, which has 21 restaurants mostly in the Buffalo area, opened in 2012 in Henrietta with big crowds of people waiting to order their food.

A second location opened in Greece on Ridgeway Avenue, but that one closed last year, so there are no Mighty Taco restaurants currently in the Rochester area.