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.

( WXXI News & AP) There are Rochester connections for 2 of the 3 winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics which was announced early Tuesday.

Three scientists from the United States, France and Canada have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for advances in laser physics. 

The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences on Tuesday awarded half the 9-million-kronor ($1.01 million) prize to Arthur Ashkin of the United States and the other half will be shared by Gerard Mourou of France and Canada's Donna Strickland. 

Two Monroe Community College alumni returned to the school on Monday to say they will be making a $4 million donation as part of a $50 million campaign to increase the number of scholarships available to MCC students.

Robin and Timothy Wentworth, now living in St. Louis, formerly of Rochester, were 1980 graduates of MCC. The gift from the Wentworths is the largest in the college’s history and will help provide full scholarships to 100 MCC students each year.

New York dairy farmers should see some advantage from a revamped trade deal with Canada.

That’s the hope, anyway, with news that Canada will be  linked again with the U.S. and Mexico in a revamped North American free trade deal after weeks of negotiations.  The new deal, replaces NAFTA, which President Trump had called a job killing disaster.

The new pact should help open up dairy markets for U.S. farmers. That according to Lauren Williams, Senior Associate Director for National Affairs for the New York Farm Bureau.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, the House of Representatives voted to rename the STOCK Act after the late Louise Slaughter. She pushed for the legislation designed to prohibit members of Congress and staff from using insider information to benefit themselves.

Also, which two local manufacturers are adding jobs, and Genesee Brewing gets a national honor for one of it's ales. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop in Rochester on Wednesday to help celebrate the expansion of Datto.  That’s a data protection company started by Austin McChord, an RIT grad who last year announced a $50 million donation to his alma mater.

Cuomo notes that Datto has moved its 225 jobs from its previous location on Franklin Street in Rochester, to several floors in The Metropolitan, which is the former Chase Tower.

Cuomo also announced that the state is creating a new venture capital fund to help attract other entrepreneurs.

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