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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.

Xerox, the storied American company that has its roots in Rochester in the early 20th century, is getting a new owner.

Early Wednesday morning it was announced that Fujifilm Holdings, the company that Xerox has had a joint venture with for many years, will take a majority stake in the company. The new business will be called Fuji Xerox, and will be 50.1% owned by Fujifilm, while also keeping Xerox's listing on the NYSE.

Just a day after University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced he’ll be stepping down at the end of February, the university has announced the appointment of an interim president.

The announcement came from board chair Danny Wegman, who says that Professor Richard Feldman, who served as Dean of the College from 2006 until last year will take that role.

Feldman has been involved with the university for more than 40 years, and his tasks included serving as co-chair of the 2016 Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity.

In his first interview since announcing his resignation, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman covered a wide range of topics with WXXI News.

And they include the reasons for his stepping down.

University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger, has released a statement through his lawyers, responding to the 200+ page report from an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment against him and the university's response to those allegations. Jaeger has been on administrative leave from his post in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Dept. since that time.

This is his statement in its entirety:

Two students who were active in calling for reform in the way the University of Rochester handled the sexual harassment allegations against Professor Florian Jaeger spoke to WXXI about their reaction to the just-released report that was put together by an outside law firm.

Lindsay Wrobel  felt so strong about the issue that at one point last year, she went on a hunger strike.

She feels the report released Thursday doesn’t take the complaints of those who made the accusations seriously.

A more than 200 page report was released on Thursday by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, who was commissioned by the University of Rochester to investigate claims of sexual harassment by Professor Florian Jaeger and allegations that some of those who brought those claims were retaliated against by the university.

It's expected that the tax reform bill approved by the U.S. Senate early Saturday morning will contain a provision that has upset some officials at the nation’s larger universities.

It calls for a 1.4 percent excise tax for colleges that have larger endowments.  Congressman Tom Reed, a Southern Tier Republican, has been a proponent of the tax.

His district includes Cornell University, and its president opposes the tax which she says would reduce their ability to help economically disadvantaged students and conduct research for the public good.

There may be a price to pay for the mild weather we enjoyed in the late summer and early fall.

The combination of shorter days and cooler temperatures cause a chemical change in leaves that gives them their autumn colors before they fall to the ground.

But the 'cooler temperature' part of that equation was missing this year as we had an unusually warm September and October in the Rochester region and much of New York.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer made a stop at the Mary Cariola Children's Center on Wednesday to push for legislation that would provide wearable tracking devices to families that need them for children, or adults who might wander away due to a disability.

The New York Democrat says that Monroe County is among one-third of counties in New York State who don't have such program right now.

Rochester and Buffalo are hoping that two cities are better than one, when it comes to trying to attract major investment from the online behemoth Amazon.

In September, the company said it needed to build a second corporate headquarters, a project that would see the company spend more than $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 employees.

A number of communities across the country are vying for that new Amazon facility, and Rochester officials already said they are interested, as did people in Buffalo.

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