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.

Senator Chuck Schumer is promising to further develop Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester so long as he can secure another $75 million in the 2018 federal budget.

On Thursday, Schumer launched his push to obtain the funding and brought U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz along for the announcement. Schumer said the investment would be a win-win, and the money would allow lab staff to double down on their energy discovery and national security work.

Rochester Institute of Technology is now home to a state-of-the-art research facility, concentrating on the growing 3D printing industry.

State officials and RIT staff held a grand opening ceremony at the Henrietta campus on Tuesday, showcasing the Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing (AMPrint) Center. It joins New York State’s list of Centers for Advanced Technology.

Microsoft is leaning its new augmented reality headset, which gives users a high definition visual experience, toward local businesses.

The company showcased HoloLens on Wednesday at the Frontiers in Optics Conference and Exhibition inside the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The wearable headset is a battery-operated computer which runs Windows 10 software. It has built-in sensors, allowing the user to view the displayed three-dimensional holograms and their surrounding reality at the same time. Microsoft calls it a mixed reality.

Senator Chuck Schumer made an appearance at Coast Professional, Inc. in Geneseo on Tuesday afternoon, announcing an expansion that will nearly double the size of the student loan debt company.

More than 200 jobs will allow Coast to bounce back after its pending 5-year contract with the Department of Education was terminated in February 2015. The Department cited that Coast and other student loan contractors had high rates of performance violations.

A Rochester doctor received the first Golisano Health Leadership Award on Thursday, for his decades-long career helping medically underserved communities.

Dr. Steve Sulkes, a professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital, works with children with developmental and behavioral challenges. Sulkes has also focused extensively on increasing access to healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities.