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 the latest WXXI Business Report, the House of Representatives voted to rename the STOCK Act after the late Louise Slaughter. She pushed for the legislation designed to prohibit members of Congress and staff from using insider information to benefit themselves.

Also, which two local manufacturers are adding jobs, and Genesee Brewing gets a national honor for one of it's ales. 

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A dozen or so people gather in a rehearsal space at the Eastman Community Music School, near the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street. They are playing an instrument called the hammered dulcimer, which requires the use of small sticks or hammers to ping against the strings of an instrument which was developed hundreds of years ago.

But except for their teacher, Mitzie Collins, most of these students are not professional musicians, nor do they plan to pursue that career.

As Collins explained, they are just taking her lessons on the instrument because it’s enjoyable. 

“I love adult learners, because they’re not doing it to make anybody happy but them. I would say a certain number of my adult students have wanted to play an instrument but just time and money and things never made that possible.”

A renowned chef and Emmy-winning Public TV host spent some time in Rochester this past weekend.

Lidia Bastianich was at the Hochstein School on Sunday  in an event sponsored by WXXI and talked about her perspectives on food, farming and what she has learned as she traveled around the country for her work on PBS.


RIT has completed another one of its “Big Shot” photographs, with the latest venue in Western New York.

On Saturday night, about 825 volunteers including 72 RIT students and 100 alumni traveled to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York.

All of those people were needed to provide the primary light source for the Big Shot image while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure of the historic site.

An organization which tries to break down barriers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Several hundred people gathered Friday night at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center to mark the accomplishments of Lifetime Assistance and the staff and partners of that organization which began four decades ago in the Brockport area.

A longtime Genesee County shoe manufacturer is laying off about half its workforce, but plans to stay in business.

P.W. Minor, which was founded in 1867 and is the second oldest footwear maker in the U.S., says it will lay off 45 full time employees, but retain 40 others and focus on its core business.

The company has closed its Goodyear Welt manufacturing line, which is a process used to re-sole high quality shoes.  The P.W. Minor plant in Batavia will stay open and focus on making orthopedic and diabetic footwear.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early next week.

Watch the proceeding live.

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Monroe County Deputies have arrested a man in connection with a double homicide that happened in Hamlin earlier this month.

On Thursday night, Sheriff Todd Baxter announced that earlier in the day, investigators charged 19 year old Mason Earle of Hamlin with two counts of murder in the deaths of 20 year old Alexander Burrow of Clarkson, and 18 year old Bruce Kane of Sweden.

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The Rochester Museum and Science Center has named a new President & CEO.

Hillary Olson, who is an Ogden native and Brockport High School graduate, comes to the RMSC after more than 24 years working at science museums and other learning institutions around the U.S.

Olson most recently was in Milwaukee, where she was Vice President of Audience and Community Engagement at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

She takes over the leadership reins from Kate Bennett, who has been the RMSC President & CEO for 22 years.


The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester has a new CEO. The Board of Directors at that organization has named Josh Weinstein to the post. He will succeed Arnie Sohinki, who has served in the role for the past three years.

Weinstein has a background as a business strategist, overseeing consumer brands for General Mills and Birdseye and most recently worked at a local ad agency, Truth Collective.