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.

The operator of a Tim Horton’s restaurant in Rochester has been cited by the federal safety agency OSHA in connection with a fatal accident last July.

OSHA has fined a company called Ninety Rock Management just under $8,700 after the incident this past summer when 3-year-old Bryce Raynor died after he fell into a grease trap just outside the Tim Horton’s on University Avenue.  The child had been at the store with his mother, who was working at the restaurant that day.

A couple of area high-tech companies are adding jobs. A company that designs satellite communications devices called Lite Coms LLC, will be creating a total of 37 jobs over the next five years.

Lite Coms previously was located on State Street in Rochester, and it has now moved to land near the MCC Brighton campus. It is part of the START-UP NY program, which provides tax incentives for new and expanding businesses when they partner with colleges and universities.

The laser lab (LLE) at the University of Rochester has received a financial boost that its director says will help ensure its future.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is also the Senate Minority Leader, has announced that a division of the U.S. Department of Energy has finalized a new five year, $410 million work agreement with the lab, the highest amount of funding ever approved for a five-year period in the lab’s history.

Michael Campbell is Director of the laser lab, and says the funding will help them continue to attract top talent.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, a recent conference focused on helping high-tech manufacturers become more competitive. Plus, there's a new chair of the board at Canopy Growth, the Canadian cannabis company partly owned by Constellation Brands. Then, we run down winners of this year's Ethie Awards. 

WXXI has announced that it will expand its coverage of the arts. 

“Thanks to support from our donors, we are in a unique position to enhance our existing arts and culture services and expand arts reporting in our newsroom,” said WXXI President Norm Silverstein. “We know that the arts have widespread social impact and we believe we have an important role to bring focus to the arts community.”

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