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.

Wilmorite, the company that owns the major local shopping malls, has announced more details of the plans to change Marketplace Mall in Henrietta into a venue for outlet stores.

Officials say that Wilmorite has purchased the Macy’s building, which is a key step in that process. The Macy’s at that mall is closing as part of earlier announced plans by the chain to close dozens of stores around the country.

This business report takes a deeper look into Akoustis Technologies, a company you may be familiar with and not even know it. Akoustis makes components used to make smartphones work more efficiently. The company that is expanding into the Smart Systems Technology and Commercialization Center and adding more than 200 jobs there.

Also, Constellation Brands will reveal their earnings this week, what Wall Street analysts expect from them, and highlight the recent increase in family leave benefits announced by Constellation.

An upcoming event organized by the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation will feature national media experts David Brancaccio and Susan Page, who will participate via Skype from their TV studios in Washington, D.C. and New York.

It will be held on Thursday, April 13 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center with a VIP networking reception at 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and the luncheon program starts at Noon.

The Eastman Business Park is welcoming a new tenant, a company involved in photonics. It's actually the first independent photonics company to locate at the business park.

There is a research hub being developed at the park, called a Testing, Assembly and Packaging or ‘TAP’ facility which will serve a number of photonics firms in the area.

The latest announcement from the AIM Photonics board about that initiative in Rochester involves the development of electronic sensors that  can be used  by the military and for various civilian applications.

Officials say the new Defense Department project will help researchers develop sensors that can be used for things like environmental monitoring, diagnosing disease, ensuring food safety and detecting chemical and biological weapons.