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.

Roberts Wesleyan College announced Thursday that it has received the largest gift in the college’s history, $7.5 million.

The gift comes from local philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano, who also donated $5 million to Roberts in 2001 for a college library.

In the latest WXXI Business Report:

  • A local high-tech company is expanding and adding jobs.
  • The Cornell AgriTech facility in Geneva is helping a Rochester entrepreneur grow his business, which focuses on gourmet mushrooms.
  • End of an era for a well-known craft brew company.

Plans were unveiled this week for a new resort on Canandaigua Lake.

It’s called, appropriately, The Lake House, at the spot previously occupied by The Inn on the Lake.

The co-developers are Bill Caleo and Doug Bennett, members of the Sands family, who want to enhance the spot as a year-round destination.

The former hotel closed last year. The new one will include 125 guest rooms, a spa, new sea wall and boardwalk, and an event barn that can be used for things like weddings and conferences.

A top federal official toured the laser lab at the University of Rochester on Tuesday.  Lisa Gordon-Hagerty  is Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration. That agency is responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.

Gordon-Hagerty said the role that the Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics  plays in this process is a crucial one.

The  University of Rochester is mourning the passing of Bob Witmer. He was 82.

UR officials say that Witmer, an alumnus of the university, served as a member of its Board of Trustees for 40 years, including serving as chair from 2003 to 2008.

A statement from the university says that the university “benefitted greatly from his leadership and counsel.”  UR says that Witmer was a deeply committed community leader and a highly respected legal advisor.