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.

Sixteen people were arrested Wednesday after a standoff outside City Hall between Rochester police and the protesters calling for justice in the death of Daniel Prude.

Prude was restrained by city police in March; he died a week later. Protests have been ongoing since earlier this month when Prude's family and attorney released police body camera footage of the incident.

Dozens of protesters calling for justice in the death of Daniel Prude marched from the Public Safety Building to Rochester City Hall on Tuesday morning.

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Hundreds of demonstrators marched through parts of Rochester Saturday night night in an 11th night of protests over the death of Daniel Prude.

Prude died in March, a week after being restrained by officers on the ground on Jefferson Avenue, but news of his death only came to light a little over a week ago when bodycam video was released. His death was ruled a homicide. Seven police officers were suspended and a state grand jury investigation is pending.

There has been more than a week of protests and rallies in Rochester since the public learned of the March death of Daniel Prude.

Prude is the 41-year-old Chicago man who was visiting his brother in Rochester. His brother, Joe Prude, called police because Daniel was having a mental health crisis, and they eventually found him running naked on Jefferson Avenue. Officers pinned him to the pavement, he lost consciousness and died a week later. The death was ruled a homicide.

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The protest rallies and marches continued for a seventh straight night in Rochester on Tuesday, with events beginning on Jefferson Avenue in the city, near where Daniel Prude was pinned to the pavement by police in March. He died a week later, but news about his death came to light with police bodycam video released last week, sparking days of protest and nationwide condemnation by activists, political leaders and many other people.

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Protests calling for changes in local government leadership and justice for Daniel Prude continued for a sixth consecutive night on Monday in Rochester.

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Several naked or near-naked protesters sat outside Rochester’s Public Safety Building early Monday morning. They were also wearing spit hoods, the kind of device that police put on Daniel Prude last March as they pinned him to the pavement on Jefferson Avenue. He lost consciousness and died a week later.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief La’Ron Singletary spoke out on Sunday about what can be done to prevent the type of death that happened in March when a 41-year-old man died in police custody. Daniel Prude's family had called police to say he was having mental health issues and he was found running naked on Jefferson Avenue.

Against the advice of counsel, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Thursday that she is suspending seven police officers involved in the death of 41-year-old Daniel Prude.

Earlier Thursday, City Council wrote a letter to Warren calling for the officers to be placed on administrative leave. The officers are suspended with pay, and Warren said she understood that the police union may sue the city over the move.

City Council member Mary Lupien says she was shocked and horrified after learning Wednesday that a man died months ago after an incident with Rochester police.

Lupien, who serves on Council for the East District, says there was no communication about the incident from the police or the mayor’s office. She says she can't believe that this was hidden so long.

Tuesday was National Poll Worker Recruitment Day and good government organizations such as Common Cause New York are encouraging young people to sign up to work at voting sites this fall.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and intubations have dropped to new lows. That’s according to figures released Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said that hospitalizations dropped to 458, the lowest number since March 16, and intubations dropped to 48, also the lowest number since mid-March.

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A pardon from President Donald Trump on Tuesday on behalf of famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony is being criticized in the city where she lived for many years.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that two additional states and Virgin Islands meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas to quarantine for 14 days.

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The Monroe County legislature voted on Tuesday night to rename the Greater Rochester International Airport, in honor of Frederick Douglass. The new name for the airport would be the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.

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The federal agency that announced on July 28 that it was signing a letter of intent to provide a $765 million loan to Eastman Kodak, so that the company could establish a pharmaceutical division to make ingredients for generic drugs is now apparently putting a hold on moving ahead with that financing.


Bausch + Lomb, the company that has roots in Rochester and still employs more than 1,100 people locally, is likely to go through a corporate change in the next year or so. Its corporate parent, Bausch Health Companies, on Thursday is announcing that it intends to spin off its eye health business into an independent publicly traded entity, Bausch + Lomb – NewCo.


The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the circumstances involving last week’s announcement that Eastman Kodak will receive a $765 million government loan to make ingredients for generic drugs.

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The Trump Administration has signed a deal to give a $765 million loan to Eastman Kodak, so that the company can produce critical components for pharmaceuticals.


A report from the Government Accounting Office says that the agency that helps regulate water levels on Lake Ontario needs to do a better job communicating with the public.


Republican Chris Jacobs became the newest House member on Tuesday taking the oath of office to fill the unexpired term of Chris Collins, who left Congress after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.

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This weekend marked the annual Convention Days in Seneca Falls, which highlights the Women’s Rights Convention held in that community in 1848.


If you have Spectrum cable TV, you will likely be seeing an increase in your monthly bill by next month.

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Rochester Police are investigating damage done to a statue of Frederick Douglass in Maplewood Park. It happened over the weekend, and police say that the statue was torn off its base, and left about 50' from its pedestal. The statue had been placed over the fence to Genesee River gorge and was leaning against the fence.

NYSEG and RG&E, both subsidiaries of AVANGRID, have announced the proposed rate settlement case that they have filed with the New York Public Service Commission.

New York State Comptroller's Office

Among the budget pressures facing local governments is a sharp drop in sales tax revenue related to the coronavirus pandemic.

New York State Thruway Authority

The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors is moving ahead with a $450 million plan to rebuild 23 of the 27 service areas and provide significant upgrades to the remaining four.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Federal authorities say that they have seized counterfeit COVID-19 test kitscoming into Western New York through the Rochester Airport.

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Some area supermarket chains are temporarily limiting purchases of some meats due to supply and demand.


The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the state’s power grid is being used.