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.

High Tech Rochester has announced the winners of this year’s Rochester Venture Challenge.

The top prize went to Empire Medicinals, a Rochester healthcare startup,  which looks to modernize traditional herbal medicines.

As the 1st place winner, Empire Medicinals receives a grand prize of $25,000 and one year of incubation services at High Tech Rochester.

2nd place went to Therm Apparel, and the 3rd place winner was Primary Book Club.

Harris Corporation, which has operations locally, says that the U.S. Army has recertified a model of its airborne radio, validating that the radios are airworthy for use in Army helicopters.

The radios will be made in Rochester. Harris moved production to the company’s Jefferson Road Operations Center manufacturing facility.

Harris says that with more than 7,000 radios fielded, the ARC-201D model is a workhorse communication system for Army rotorcraft.

New  numbers on unemployment levels around New York State show the Rochester metro area with a 4.8 unemployment rate in March.  That compares to 5.4 percent in February, and 4.9 percent in March of last year.

The NYS Labor Department did say recently  that the Rochester area lost 3,900  private sector jobs in March compared to a year ago, but state labor analyst Tammy Marino says that more people should be finding work in the coming months.

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield is looking for people who may be owed money.

The HMO says that more than 12,000 individuals and companies in New York State have not cashed more than $2.66 million in checks issued by Excellus.

That amount of money is from unclaimed checks issued in 2013 to members and providers.

You can check the complete list at the company's website. You can also contact Excellus at 1-800-499-1275

Xerox is reporting its first full quarter since the company split into two businesses. 

Xerox is now a standalone company focusing on document technology, which makes up the bulk of the Rochester area operations. The business services division is a separate company called Conduent.

This latest quarter for Xerox showed earnings of $16 million, compared to $34 million a year ago; earnings per share came in at 15 cents  a penny under Wall Street estimates, but sales of $2.45 billion were in line with expectations. The company affirmed its full-year projections for 2017.

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