WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

For Immediate Release

WXXI NAMES RANDY GORBMAN ITS NEWS DIRECTOR

(Rochester, New York) April 8, 2013 – WXXI has hired Randy Gorbman as News Director for WXXI’s Center for Public Affairs. In this role, he will manage radio, television, and online news and oversee the day-to-day operations of the WXXI newsroom, including story assignments and production of news features.  He will also be responsible for guiding the long-range direction of news operation.  Gorbman will take his post April 15th.

“We are excited that Randy is joining our award-winning news team,” said WXXI President Norm Silverstein.  “With a growing service that includes NPR, in-depth online reporting, and local public affairs programming, Randy’s experience will be instrumental in strengthening WXXI's role as Rochester's trusted news source.”

Gorbman, who served as news director at WHAM radio from 1994 to 1996 and again from 1998 on, brings more than 30 years of news experience to WXXI. He has held positions as a 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 has served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Gorbman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Syracuse University Newhouse School and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from Empire State College. He resides in the City of Rochester.

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