Sasha-Ann Simons

Sasha-Ann Simons joined the team at WXXI News as a Multimedia Reporter/Producer in March 2015. The right mix of determination and opportunity catapulted Sasha-Ann into her dream career as a journalist nearly a decade ago.
 
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Sasha-Ann comes to Rochester after spending her formative years growing up in Toronto, Canada. She studied broadcasting at Ryerson University, where she received a Bachelor of Journalism. Sasha-Ann earned her first news gig as a chase producer at CityTV, while still a college freshman. She subsequently took on various roles in other Toronto newsrooms as a videographer, host, and producer, and was part of the award-winning Global TV news team.
 
Sasha-Ann has covered and produced stories in the Canadian national spotlight, including Occupy Toronto, the Eaton Centre mall shooting, the Toronto Argos CFL championship win, and the Mayor Rob Ford crack scandal.
 
Sasha-Ann is fun-loving and sassy. She is also passionate about education issues. When she's not on the air, Sasha-Ann spends her time with family and exploring new recipes in the kitchen.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stop in Rochester Tuesday afternoon to discuss Finger Lakes region highlights of the 2018 state budget.

Among those highlights, is $40 million allocated to the revitalization of the Greater Rochester International Airport.

“We’re going to be investing in airports all across Upstate New York,” Cuomo said. “Having a first-rate airport is essential to be a first-rate economy. You look at airports around the world and you see how this country has been asleep.”

Leaders of the opt-out movement say they're still not pleased with New York state's Common Core-based tests and the pressures they place on students and teachers.

Last year, there were about 250,000 students across the state who opted out of the exams. As officials prepare to administer the English language arts exams this week to students in grades 3 through 8, some are expecting similar refusal numbers this year. 

The proposal by Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group would ban Styrofoam cups and other polystyrene products from Monroe County.

An online petition, which has collected 186 signatures in the last two weeks, is being circulated by the group. It asks legislators to consider eliminating the material.

Tuesday was International Safer Internet Day, an annual event calling attention to the need for more safety-conscious online behavior every day of the year.

The Rochester City School District marked the day with various workshops and discussions aimed at educating students on topics like online and social media safety, and cyber bullying.

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When East High School chemistry teacher Mary Courtney submitted three proposals in fall 2016 for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, she could hardly wait to find out which one would take off … literally.

“This was a very difficult project,” Courtney said, “It’s probably the most difficult project that our students do their entire time in high school.”

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