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 few dozen protestors gathered at the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester Sunday evening to demonstrate their feelings about the Trayvon Martin case. 

The people gathered for the demonstration represented some different ideals, in terms of causes they are supporting, but they all wanted to protest the outcome of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, as well as the events that led up to the trial.

Corn Hill Arts Festival

Thousands of Rochesterians enjoyed crafts, food and entertainment at the Corn Hill Festival over the weekend.

It seems that more often than not, this festival, which is one of the city's oldest, now in its 45th year, happens on a weekend where there is plenty of heat and humidity to go around. But that didn't seem to wilt the enthusiasm of either the people walking through the historic neighborhood, or the vendors, including Rhonda Sussman and her husband, who  make specially designed mittens for the bitterly cold weather...but what's it like to sell mittens on a hot, humid day ?

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Wegmans is trying to help part-time employees keep health insurance benefits. The company announced earlier in the week that it was changing eligibility requirements for part-time workers, because of the new federal health care legislation.

Starting in 2015, only employees working 30 hours or more per week would be eligible for the company’s healthcare benefits.


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.