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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.

Many CEOs in upstate New York say that economic conditions have worsened during the pandemic and a number of them are still pessimistic for the rest of this year, according to a recent survey by Siena College

The House Ethics Committee will investigate allegations against Rep. Tom Reed.

The brief statement released by the committee on Friday said that it is aware of public allegations that Reed may have engaged in sexual misconduct, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct.

One of Rochester’s oldest companies will continue the family legacy. Fee Brothers, which dates back to 1864, is transitioning its management to the next generation.

Fee Brothers makes products that you mix in alcoholic drinks, such as cocktail mixes, bitters and cordial syrups.

Ownership and management of the company has recently moved to a fifth generation of the Fee family, Jon Spacher and Benn Fee Spacher.

Now that New York State has legalized recreational marijuana, there are still a number of questions to be answered, including how police will determine if someone is too impaired by pot to drive.

A Victor company called Cognivue is trying to help answer that question.

Rep. Tom Reed has responded to allegations made by a former lobbyist in a Washington Post story that came out last Friday.

In a statement released early Sunday evening, Reed, a Southern Tier Republican from Corning who has been in Congress since 2010, announced that he will not run for any elected office in 2022.

Authorities in Georgia are still looking into the motive for a deadly shooting spree this week that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent. The attack has heightened fears in Asian American communities about increased incidents of hate crimes and anti-Asian violence over the last year. 

The Hill Cumorah Pageant in Ontario County will not be back again.

The pageant, which was slated to end its 83rd year last year, was postponed for a final season to take place this July.

But the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced Tuesday that due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pageant has been canceled and will not be held in the future.

Pageant president Neil Pitts said that the event has had a long and successful run, but the world is in a place today where the pageant cannot continue.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame has announced the 9 women who will be inducted this fall, and among them is Michelle Obama.    

It’s not known yet if  the former First Lady will be at the October 2 event in Seneca Falls in-person, or virtually.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50% capacity, can now move to 75% capacity starting March 19.

He says the data has shown that restaurants can operate safely and in accordance with strict health protocols at 75% capacity. New York City restaurant capacity will remain at 35% capacity.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, we hear from longtime Tops Markets CEO Frank Curci, and what he expects to see happen as a result of the recently announced merger with Price Chopper.

-An Amazon spokesperson discusses the company’s ongoing expansion in the Rochester area.

-And activist investor Carl Icahn sets his sights on Bausch Health Companies.