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.

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With 10 minutes left to go in his private session at CP Rochester, a little boy took the hand of physical therapist, Karen Terp, and led her to the hallway for an afternoon stroll.

“You want to walk? Ok,” Terp said.

About a dozen low-wage workers rallied in front of the Rochester Federal Building Thursday to demand President-elect Donald Trump drop his pick for U.S. Secretary of Labor: minimum wage critic and Carls Jr. and Hardee's boss, Andy Puzder.

“I think what we can expect from him is an all-out assault on worker’s rights and the livelihood of wageworkers in this country,” said Colin O’Malley of Metro Justice, who organized the local protest that was part of a nation-wide movement.

In Rochester’s refugee community, the lack of English language skills becomes even more prevalent when it comes to health issues.

Sarah Miner is a community health nurse who has been doing home care for the last six years.

About four years ago, she connected with Refugees Helping Refugees – an all-volunteer group of refugees and Americans working with refugees from many countries.

After an expensive holiday shopping season, Americans are expected to end 2016 with $80 billion more credit card debt than they started with, according to a recent study by WalletHub, a financial website.

The fact that U.S. consumers racked up a record-setting $21.9 billion in credit card debt during the third quarter of 2016, the study said, is serious cause for concern.

A wide range of organizations across New York state are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to push for a state-administered workplace retirement savings option, as part of his 2017-2018 state budget proposal next month.

Two-thirds of New York’s small businesses want the state to set up a privately managed retirement savings plan for their employees, according to a study by AARP New York, since many of the companies said they can not afford to offer a plan on their own. 

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