Randy Gorbman

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.

University of Rochester

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 35 community-based pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites, including five in the Western New York available Thursday and Friday.

A Rochester woman is speaking out about an  incident that has garnered worldwide attention, when her 9- year-old daughter was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by city police on Friday.

More than 150 people rallied and marched Monday evening along Clinton Ave. in Rochester, gathering in front of a police substation. They were there to object to the handcuffing and pepper spraying of a 9-year old-girl last week.

With chants of "protect our children," the dozens of demonstrators, who included some area politicians and community activists, got together to let Rochester Police know they are upset about the way that young girl was treated last Friday.

City of Rochester / Facebook

City of Rochester officials on Sunday released bodycam video from police officers who were at the scene of an incident Friday when a 9-year-old girl was handcuffed, put in a police car, and then pepper-sprayed.

Genesee County Economic Development Center

Samsung Electronics reportedly is considering an investment of as much as $17 billion to build a chip-making factory in Arizona, Texas or New York and that site in New York is said to be in Genesee County.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is expanding its deployment of community vaccination kits to strengthen fairness and equity in the distribution process for COVID-19 vaccines.

Amber Alert / Town of Greece Police

Greece Police have announced two arrests in connection with the abduction of two children from a home on English Road a week ago.

Spectrum News / WXXI News

BREAKING FRIDAY MORNING: The National Guard has identified those killed in Wednesday night's crash of a military helicopter in Mendon, outside Rochester. They were Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, 54, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch, 39, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Prial, 30.

Max Schulte / WXXI News

People are apparently traveling long distances to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told his briefing Wednesday that some have gone from Buffalo to Rochester.

New York National Guard / Flickr

Officials with the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs confirms that three people are dead after a New York Army National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter crashed early Wednesday evening in the Town of Mendon.

Amber Alert / Town of Greece Police

Greece Police say the two young children kidnapped Monday evening have been located in Alabama and they are okay.

Amber Alert / Town of Greece Police

Greece Police, along with federal, state and local authorities continue their urgent search for two missing children who police say could be in imminent danger.

Wegmans said that nine of its stores in New York state will receive a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to people age 75 and older, as well as Wegmans pharmacy employees.

Participating Wegmans Pharmacy locations:

Spectrum says it has doubled the starting download speed of its internet product from 100 to 200 Mbps in 17 markets across the U.S. That includes Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Elmira in New York state.


Local experts on the latest COVID-19 vaccine research gathered for a live forum Thursday evening on WXXI-TV and radio, WBFO's public media affiliates in Rochester. Those on the panel said they see reason for hope, but they also caution it will take some time for the community to build up immunity to the virus.

Fairport High School

High School sports are facing more delays and cancellations due to the increase in COVID-19 around New York State.

National Women's Hall of Fame

There will be an opportunity Thursday to learn more about six Black women who helped shape the nation as the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls is launches a new virtual induction series this week, honoring women posthumously.

The Batavia City School District is moving to 100% remote learning.

New York State Public High School Athletic Association

The start date for some winter high school sports in New York state has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former SUNY Brockport President John Van de Wetering has died. College officials say that he died early last week in Rochester. He was 93.

Charlie Riedel / AP

With rising COVID-19 infection rates locally and around the country, supermarket chains are keeping a close eye on supplies of certain products. There may not be the same level of shelf-clearing that we saw back in March and April, when the pandemic was starting to ramp up, but supermarkets like Wegmans and Tops are once again limiting purchases of certain items.

New York State Department of Education

The New York State Education Department has announced that the January 2021 Regents exams are canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sasha-Ann Simons / WXXI News

Rochester officials are anticipating big crowds at Mount Hope Cemetery on Tuesday, with the potential for thousands of people to pay respects to suffragist Susan B. Anthony on Election Day.

File Photo / WMHT News

Governor Andrew Cuomo says comments made by the White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Sunday are a good example of the way the Trump Administration has approached dealing with the coronavirus.

Genesee Brew House

The Genesee Brew House is temporarily closing until Tuesday, Oct. 27, after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesperson for FIFCO USA (parent company of Genesee Brewing), Mary Beth Popp, said that Genesee is “taking every step to prioritize the health and safety of our employees and customers. We are temporarily closing until Tuesday, contacting all employees and customers through our contact tracing process, and deep cleaning our facilities using a professional cleaning company.”

City of Rochester / Facebook

The new interim chief of the Rochester Police Department was sworn in at City Hall on Wednesday.

Rochester Police

Rochester Police have released body-worn camera video of an arrest of a 21-year-old man that occurred last Friday and said its Professional Standards Section will conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

Police released more information about the arrest of 21-year-old Roy Siplin Sunday after questions around the arrest were raised earlier in the day by his father. Roy Siplin Sr. said he had learned his son was punched multiple times by police when he was arrested last Friday.

Office of the Governor

New York State will be getting more aggressive about businesses violating COVID-19 guidelines in the hot spots where the virus has flared up recently. That's what Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a briefing on Sunday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that five states—Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island and Wyoming—have been added to New York State's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.

New York State

The unemployment rate in most of the state’s metro areas in New York dipped below 10% in August for the first time since March, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor.