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.

Windstream, the Arkansas-based telecom that has operations in Rochester, has announced that it has completed its merger with EarthLink.  The combined company will retain the Windstream name.

Windstream President & CEO Tony Thomas says the deal will improve the company’s competitiveness while increasing free cash flow and reducing leverage.

Windstream also announced it now expects to achieve more than $150 million in synergies within three years, which is an increase of $25 million over its initial estimates.

Hundreds of people watched the Academy Awards in style Sunday night in Rochester, while also helping out a good cause.

This was the second year in a row the Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, which used to be known as Theater on the Ridge, has hosted a gala to benefit a local charity. Last year it was the American Heart Association, this year it was the United Way of Greater Rochester.

Officials with Windstream have announced some staffing changes in Rochester due to the company’s recent merger with EarthLink.

The company says it will cut about 50 jobs over the next three months, mainly in positions that are in corporate support departments, such as finance, legal and human resources.

Windstream says the staffing moves follow a detailed review of the overall functions at EarthLink and an effort to identify redundancies. Affected employee will be able to apply for other open jobs at Windstream, and there will be severance benefits.

The company that owns the major shopping malls in the Rochester area remains upbeat about the ongoing presence of J.C. Penney, despite word that chain plans to close some stores across the country.

J.C. Penney has announced it will close 130 to 140 underperforming stores over the next few months. But just which ones will close hasn’t been released yet, that should happen in March after the company sees just how many employees take advantage of an early retirement program.

A coalition of government, labor and business groups is pushing for more investment in New York State's water infrastructure needs.

A number of local representatives got together at the Monroe County Office Building Thursday to support the proposal by Governor Cuomo to spend $2 billion in the new state budget toward that effort, and to push for additional spending.