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.

A well-known name in the electronics industry is coming to downtown Rochester. Panasonic, which earlier this year acquired a division belonging to a local high-tech company called Omni-ID, will be taking up some space in the first Federal Building.

Panasonic will have operations on the 1st and 21st floor of that building. The unit, Omni-ID's 'Industrial Internet of Things Solutions Group' previously was located at Eastman Business Park.

One of Rochester’s better known brands is in  expansion mode.

Zweigle’s, the meat manufacturing company which specializes in hot dogs and other products, will add 29,000 square feet to its Plymouth Avenue operation.

As part of that expansion, Empire State Development says that Zweigle’s will hire up to 33 new employees; at least a dozen of those jobs will be reserved for workers impacted by poverty. Almost 60 jobs will be retained.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, we hear about:

--The local impact of the just announced strike by the UAW against GM.

--Also, some positive news in a study about the risks of a housing downturn in Rochester if there is a recession.

--And leadership changes as part of a succession plan at LaBella Associates.

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

A well-known philanthropist in Rochester has died. Peggy Wegman, who was married to the late Bob Wegman, died this week at the age of 91.

Peggy Wegman  was the mother of 8 children including former State Senator  and current Acting State Supreme Court Justice Rick Dollinger.

He says his mother was involved with a number of charitable activities, particularly education.