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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.

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.

The wildfires that are ravaging parts of Northern California are also impacting the large wine industry in that region. News of that devastation is on the mind of a Finger Lakes winemaker.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a special session of the NYS legislature, partly to ask lawmakers to approve more money for people impacted by spring flooding.

Cuomo notes that back in July, the state passed a $45 million financial assistance package for homeowners, businesses, and local governments following the lakeshore flooding along Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says  that approximately 53 percent of full-time SUNY and CUNY in-state students, more than 210,000 New York residents, are going to school tuition-free thanks to the addition of students receiving the Excelsior Scholarship. Nearly 22,000 students will be getting that new scholarship.

All 12 of the metro areas in New York State had economic growth rates below the national average last year.

That’s according to the Empire Center, a fiscally-conservative think tank which looked at the recently released federal data on Gross Domestic Product.

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