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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A federal jury has come down with a mixed decision involving allegations against the City of Rochester by a group of Hispanic workers in the special services division and street maintenance department.

The jury found that a city employee limited the employees’ right to speak Spanish in the workplace, but it rejected all other claims of a hostile work environment.

The closing of a company in Rochester that makes bakery products will result in 92 positions being eliminated. Rich Products, which is based in Buffalo, has told the New York State Labor Department that it plans to close a plant on White Street in Rochester by early October.

Rich Products acquired that plant last year when it bought a California company that makes pizza crust, flatbread and pita bread.

A spokesman for Rich tells the Democrat and Chronicle that much of the work done at the Rochester plant is being sent to a new production facility outside Chicago.

Xerox is talking about the possibility of expanding its toner plant in Webster. But not everyone in that town things that is necessarily a good thing.

The concerns have been expressed by Town Supervisor Ron Nesbitt.  Even though Xerox is looking at a potential $35 million upgrade of its toner facilities, which would create 25 permanent jobs and 70 construction jobs, they also want tax incentives.

Xerox spokesman Bill McKee says the company is just investigating whether it could get some of the tax breaks that are available in this region.

A relatively big crowd was on hand Thursday morning in Rochester to watch a well known NASCAR driver do stunts on the Broad Street Bridge.

Paychex has raised its quarterly dividend by six percent. The locally-based payroll company has raised its dividend by two cents, to 35 cents a share. That is the largest increase Paychex says it has paid in its dividend since July of 2007.

CEO Marty Mucci says as they begin a new fiscal year, Paychex expects to see solid growth. He says that growth, along with the company's financial strength, enables them to invest in promising opportunities and also expand the returns they deliver to shareholders.


(AP & WXXI News) The government says it will significantly increase the amount and type of flying experience that first officer,  also known as co-pilots, must have to qualify to fly for an airline. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it will publish new regulations requiring first officers to have at least 1,500 hours of flying experience. Airline captains are already required to have at least 1,500 hours. Previously, first officers were only required to have 250 hours of flight time.

trellis earth products

A company which makes environmentally friendly food service products, such as plastic silverware, will be moving its manufacturing operations from China to the Rochester area.

Trellis Earth Products expects to create 189 jobs at the Rochester Technology Park in Gates by 2018. The company will invest just over $8 million in the 80,000 square foot facility. New York State is providing nearly $2 million in tax credits and a grant, and Monroe County will be providing about $850,000 in low interest financing and other incentives.


NASCAR driver Kyle Busch will bring one of his race cars for a demonstration in downtown Rochester on Thursday morning.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m., a showcase version of the Toyota that Busch drives during NASCAR Sprint Cup races will be parked in front of the Radisson Riverside Hotel on East Main Street.

Then, at 11:45 a.m.,  Busch will perform stunts with his car down East Broad Street from South Avenue to Fitzhugh Street.

The 28 year old Busch has won 26 races during his career, and is among the drivers racing in the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen on August 11th.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

(WXXI News & AP) The Air Force has pulled a brochure circulated at a South Carolina base after a Rochester area lawmaker complained about some objectionable advice to sexual assault victims

Among the items in the brochure that bothered Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, a Fairport Democrat, was advice that a potential victim  consider submitting to an attack rather than resisting. 

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The New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua will be looking for a new general manager.  After just about seven months on the job, Thomas Belelieu has left that position.

The president of the center, Ginny Clark, tells WXXI News that the decision for him to leave was mutually agreed upon  by both the facility and Belelieu, and she says they parted ways amicably.