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.

The Hyatt Hotel in downtown Rochester is being sold.

That iconic part of the landscape in the center city is being sold by the private equity firm, the Blackstone Group, to a partnership that consists of Morgan Management and Christa Development.

The purchase price is $16 million, and the new owners plan to do $15 million worth of renovations there.

As NASA continues work on the next-generation space telescope, some local engineers and other workers at Harris Corporation are keeping a close eye on its progress.

The reason for the interest is that some of the people who have worked on the James Webb Space Telescope at Harris are based in Rochester.

Gary Matthews is Director of Universe Exploration, at Harris’ Space & Intelligence Systems division. He  had spent many years working for the company in Rochester, now he's based in Maryland. 

New York State  has fined an ethanol production plant in Orleans County, after the DEC says there was illegal disposal of industrial waste on its land in the Town of Shelby.

The $87,000 fine was against Western New York Energy, which processes corn into ethanol.  DEC officials say that a firm hired by that Orleans County company, Hydro-Klean of Iowa, helped dispose of industrial waste during a regular plant cleaning.

The state says the waste water, which includes trace amounts of ammonia and other materials, was dumped into the ground.

RIT  will share in more than a million dollars being granted by the state's economic development agency. It’s money that will be used to expand efforts to build upon programs in digital gaming.

Empire State Development has announced three new "Digital Gaming Hubs" in New York, at RIT, NYU  and RPI.

There’s an update on the condition of Michael Pearson, the CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which is Bausch + Lomb’s parent company.

The firm issued an open memo to employees from Pearson on Monday, who is currently out on medical leave.  Pearson was hospitalized in December for pneumonia, and this month Valeant named Howard Schiller as interim chief executive.

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