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.

Wyoming County

Officials in Wyoming County are reporting that two residents of the county-operated skilled nursing facility have tested positive for coronavirus.

Max Schulte / WXXI News

There will be a public information meeting in Brockport Tuesday night to help answer questions residents may have about the coronavirus, as well as some SUNY study-abroad students who have been housed at a dorm on the Brockport Campus.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

The start of the shipping season on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River will be delayed by at least 12 days. It’s due to the efforts to try and deal with the possibility of flooding along the lakeshore.


The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a Rochester-area man has been charged with threatening to kill New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and California Rep. Adam Schiff.

T-Mobile / Sprint

New York state will not try to block the proposed merger involving T-Mobile and Sprint.

The College at Brockport

The College at Brockport won’t be called that beginning in July.

A SUNY Geneseo student has found himself getting some national publicity over a parody account he created on Twitter.

According to Isaiah Kelly, a 20 year old SUNY Geneseo sophomore from Brighton, this all began a few weeks ago over winter break, when one of the issues the campus was having had to do with asbestos particles found in a college library.

State funds have been approved as part of a $300 million effort to expand tourism and economic efforts along the Erie Canal.

Jim Lehrer, the veteran journalist who co-founded the PBS NewsHour has died as the age of 85.

Among those remembering him is a Canandaigua native, Michael Winship, who had worked with Lehrer at PBS. 

Winship, a veteran television writer and producer, knew Jim Lehrer for decades, including having worked as a publicist for a few years in the mid-1970s for Lehrer and his broadcast partner on the NewsHour at that time, Robert (Robin) MacNeil.

Vaughn Golden / WRVO News

About 2,000 people braved bitterly cold temperatures and snow for a rally and march in Seneca Falls on Saturday. The event was part of three days of activities designed to “inspire all Americans to take an active role in democracy," encourage eligible voters to get out the vote and honor the legacy of women in leadership.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

The special election to fill out former Rep. Chris Collins' term in the 27th Congressional District will apparently be held April 28, the same day the state's presidential primary will be held.


The strong winds on Sunday caused a lot of damage to the Williams Opera House in Attica.


One of New York State’s legislative leaders is facing a drunk driving charge. State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb was arrested on New Year's Eve after a property damage accident in Ontario County.

New York State Unified Court System

New York State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum will be relieved of his judicial duties, less than two months after he was re-elected to a 2nd term in the 7th Judicial District, which includes Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

New York State has reached a $10.5 million settlement with two upstate utilities, New York State Electric & Gas Corp. and Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. It is the largest ever in New York State for a utility failing to follow procedures related to an emergency response.

There are new guidelines from the federal government that could help hemp farmers in New York state expand their operations.

Black Friday traditionally has been one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but the way retailers view it has been changing.

That’s according to Ted Potrikus, he is the President and CEO of the New York State Retail Council, and he said that while stores will certainly be busy on Friday, the concentration of shoppers is more spread out throughout the holiday season, partly due to online sales but also because of the staggered hours at the regular brick and mortar stores.

The board that helps regulate the level of Lake Ontario says it will continue to have some flexibility in taking steps that may help ease potential flooding along the shoreline.

The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board helps control the level of the waterways through a dam on the St. Lawrence.

The board has been allowed to let out more water from Lake Ontario than regulations call for in recent months, because of the high level of the lake. The International Joint Commission is allowing that variance to continue until June of 2020.

Wegmans has been ranked #1 on the list of the 2019 Best Workplaces in Retail. This is the fourth consecutive year that Wegmans has ranked at the top of the list put together by the organization Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.

Wegmans/Valerie Fox

Hundreds of people lined up early, in the rain on Sunday morning as Wegmans opened its first store in New York City.

Spectrum News

Four people suffered what are believed to be minor injuries after a small plane crashed Sunday afternoon at the Le Roy Airport.

Alex Brandon / AP

A Western New York Medal of Honor winner, who had been viewed by political observers as having an excellent chance of getting the Republican nomination to run next year for the seat given up  by former Rep. Chris Collins, says he will not be seeking that congressional spot.

Governor's Office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the State Police to increase their presence near synagogues and religious centers during the upcoming Jewish High Holidays.

U.S. Capitol

Local members of Congress are weighing in on the controversy over a phone call that President Donald Trump had with the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Saturday announced $5.6 million in federal funding for Erie County and $2.75 million for Niagara County under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

RTC / TrailLink

A $6.4 million grant from the foundation set up after the death of longtime Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will benefit trails in Western New York.

del Lago Resort & Casino

Sports betting will officially open at del Lago Resort & Casino on Friday afternoon. The casino is partnering with the online sports betting company DraftKings.

State of New York

New York State is launching a statewide survey to pick a new license plate design. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the survey on Monday. His website will allow New Yorkers to choose among five proposed designs.

New York State Police

State Police are investigating a fatal skydiving accident in Wyoming County. It happened just after noon on Saturday in the town of Perry.