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.

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New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rochester area Congresswoman Louise Slaughter say that a proposal to have a new photonics institute in Rochester has advanced to the final round of applications. The U.S. Department of Defense is overseeing the funding competition.

Slaughter says the Rochester-led New York State consortium was selected as one of three finalists to submit a full application.

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Rochester city and business officials want to emphasize the efforts at innovation that are going on downtown, by designating what they are calling a "downtown innovation zone." 

That's something that Heidi Zimmer-Meyer of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation says could help bring more attention to changes that are going on in the local economy.

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Officials at RIT have unveiled a multimillion dollar high-tech lab designed to help companies and innovators convert their ideas into prototypes and eventually new products.

The new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization lab is located at the university's Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The $3 million lab is designed to be a focal point for manufacturers in New York State looking to evaluate and apply new digital manufacturing technologies.

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President Obama on Friday announced a new competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute.

New York Senator Charles Schumer says that Rochester and Albany are well-positioned to compete for those funds.

Photonics involves the use of light and optics, such as lasers, in a number of applications, including internet networks.

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Governor Cuomo came to the Canal Ponds business park in Greece Wednesday to announce that 500 high tech jobs will be coming to Rochester.

He says a semi-conductor manufacturing facility is being established at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering facility in Greece.

A consortium of companies  called Sematech is establishing the facility. Cuomo says it's good to see this kind of high tech work coming to Rochester.

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