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.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says it's baffling to hear that the Department of Defense is refusing to use a tool that was created to track the health of US service men and women.

The Pentagon has sidelined a program that placed small, wearable blast gauges, manufactured by Rochester-based company BlackBox Biometrics, on thousands of combat troops in Afghanistan. The devices were designed to help protect soldiers from exposure to blast overpressure.

A final decision has been made about where the AIM Photonics testing, assembly, and packaging (TAP) facility will be located, much to the delight of industry insiders.

But what’s more exciting, according to Mark Peterson, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise, is the ability to now move forward and form concrete international business relationships.

After surpassing dozens of worthy contenders, including the runner-up Rochester Institute of Technology, it is Eastman Business Park that was chosen as the future site of the AIM Photonics Manufacturing Facility.

EBP was selected in an open bidding process organized by the state and will be home to the test, assembly and packaging (TAP) facility.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday at the Riverside Convention Center.

For many families, the burden of student loan debt is overwhelming; and while Gov.

It's no surprise: Taxpayers living in New York state are subject to some of the highest rates in the country.

No one pays more state and local income taxes out of a paycheck than New Yorkers do, according to recent data from the Tax Foundation. The state also ranks fourth overall in property tax collections.

With that, one might be quick to think that complaining about the state's tax burden is a given. But not always.

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