Sasha-Ann Simons, WXXI

@SashaAnnSimons

Sasha-Ann Simons joined the team at WXXI News as a Multimedia Reporter/Producer. She most often tells stories about the innovation economy and technology in upstate New York as part of a journalism collaborative, and is a fill-in host and regular contributor to WXXI-TV's weekly news magazine program, Need To Know.

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 Television Network 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.

BUFFALO GAME SPACE FACEBOOK

Creating a video game is a daunting, yet rewarding task. Along with countless hours of research, design and testing, teams can spend a great deal of time putting the pieces together. And being able to walk into a place and get instant feedback on your prototype can only enhance the experience.

“I wanted to find something where I could fit in and belong and I found them online, showed up one day and never stopped coming again,” says Joe Wilson, a video game designer.

Researchers at the University of Rochester have figured out a new way to track teenage drinking using Instagram, and they hope to advance the study to equip educators with more effective tools to prevent it.

The first thing you do when you decide to compile a ton of data about teenagers is pick a social media platform.

"We decided we were going to use Instagram, which is the most popular social media platform for teenagers." 

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Mayor Lovely Warren is sticking to her plan to strengthen the presence of law enforcement in Rochester, and she’s put some pressure on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to increase its staff.

In a nondescript office in the heart of the city, agents hailing from other divisions have moved in over the past year.

The U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the New York State Division of Parole, and the Rochester Police Department have each sent one officer to work for the Rochester ATF. And in the last few weeks, the unit has hired four new ATF agents.

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ROCHESTER GENESEE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

If you’re a person who frequently rides buses and subways, particularly during peak hours, then you may have been called the “S” word. You stand in the crammed aisle and hold on to a strap or handrail so that you don’t fall down. History has it you’re a Straphanger.

It’s an old term, from the 19th century, currently used in places like New York City and London. Straphanger is also the title of a book written by Taras Grescoe, a worldly, avid transit user. 

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