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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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.

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(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.

A crash involving a tanker truck and a smaller truck closed a portion of I-590 near I-490 on Monday afternoon for several hours.

One person was killed and another seriously injured after a truck went off a ramp and onto 590 in Brighton just after 1:00 p.m.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 25 year old Daniel Baker of Wyoming, N.Y.,  was taken to Strong Hospital.


New numbers just out on consumer confidence in New York State show some improvement.

The survey from Siena College shows that consumer optimism grew in June for the the second month in a row. Nearly half of those surveyed say this  is a good time to be purchasing certain kinds of goods. Plans to buy big ticket  items like vehicles, furniture and homes were up around the state.

Pollster Doug Lonnstrom says one reason for the boost in consumer confidence may be that gas prices have leveled off.


The annual Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials in Victor have been called off because of the weather. That annual event is in its 24th year and it usually attracts hundreds of riders and their horses from all over the world.

They participate in a variety of equestrian sports, and the field includes people from the novice level all the way up to former Olympians.

But officials with the organization say that the safety of horses and riders are their top concern, and with the already wet grounds and more rain in the forecast, they could not ensure safe conditions for the event.

Slow moving thunderstorms caused a lot of street flooding around the Rochester area on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service says more than 2.3 inches had fallen by Wednesday night, which set a new daily record. The previous record for that date was 2.1 inches set back in 1892.

Area fire departments were busy pumping out basements, including in places like the city, Brighton, Perinton, Greece, Gates and Irondequoit.

Rochester Police Chief Jim Sheppard says that ballistic testing reveals that it was an officer's bullet that struck an unintended victim during an incident on June 27th.

The bystander, 47 year old Gene McDougal of Henrietta, was hit by a round as Sgt. Flamur Zenelovic was defending himself in a gunfight with homicide suspect Ralph Strong. The incident happened on North Goodman Street in the city. Strong, a suspect in a double homicide, was shot several times and is still being treated at the hospital.

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The lawyer for a woman accused of providing guns to a man that he later used in the West Webster shootings last December is trying to get those charges dismissed.

Matt Parrinello has asked a federal  judge to dismiss the charges against Dawn Nguyen. She is accused of buying two guns back in 2010 that she did not know eventually would be used by her neighbor, William Spengler, in the Christmas Eve ambush last year  in Webster.


Kodak may have sold off a lot of its businesses, and downsized its workforce in recent years, but it still ranks highly when it comes to being viewed as being a patriotic brand.

A New York based research firm called Brand Keys, has released results of its survey in time for the July 4th holiday.  In the top 25 of patriotic brands, Kodak tied for 10th.

Brand Keys President Robert Passikoff  tells WXXI News  it's not surprising that Kodak is still a very strong brand name for a lot of Americans.