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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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.


Senator Chuck Schumer makes a stop at a Lake Ontario Beach Tuesday  to talk about water quality.

The New York Democrat is coming to Rochester to make a push for nearly ten million dollars in funding that he says got eliminated in the current federal budget.

Schumer says that money goes toward critical monitoring of water quality and pollution.

Xerox Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is over, and the nine day event set another attendance record.

Organizers say even with the rain that dampened attendance on Friday, the 40,000 or so festival goers on Saturday night helped push attendance overall to around 195,000. That beat’s last year’s record breaking attendance of 187,000.

A big reason for the huge crowd Saturday was a crowd favorite at this festival, Trombone Shorty, the New Orleans’ musician who always draws a packed audience to his outdoor performance at East Ave. and Alexander St.

The American Red Cross is sending several volunteers from the Rochester and Buffalo areas to Central New York to help victims of recent flooding there. There was flooding reported in the Utica area, and especially to the east, throughout the Mohawk Valley on Friday.

In Fort Plain, near Albany, one woman was  reported missing after the floods. On Saturday Governor Cuomo toured areas damaged by the flooding and said a disaster declaration would remain in effect for 15 counties.


Mortgage rates are on the rise, with the average rate on the 30-year fixed loan jumping to nearly four and a half percent this week. But at least one local expert is not seeing a slowdown in home buying activity.

In fact, Steve Babbitt, the President of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, feels the recently rising mortgage rates have actually spurred home buying by people who want to lock in a loan before rates rise further.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has admonished an appellate level judge who is based in Rochester. The commission says that Nancy Smith, a justice for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, should be admonished for sending an unsolicited letter on behalf of an inmate who was applying for parole.