She began her career as a journalist in television news nearly 15 years ago and made the leap to public radio in 2015 at WXXI News, the NPR member station in Rochester, N.Y. While there, Sasha-Ann earned numerous awards. She was also a contributing reporter for PBS NewsHour.
Sasha-Ann joins us from Washington’s WAMU where she was a program host, regularly behind the mic on 1A, WAMU’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and the station’s local midday talk show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show. She was also a national reporter, focused on issues of race, identity and economic mobility. Sasha-Ann often brought that lens to the conversation when she served as an emcee or moderator at various events and panel discussions in the nation’s capital. In 2019, she earned a regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work, and in 2020, she won both a Dateline award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a Radio Feature award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Sasha-Ann is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. She grew up in Toronto, where she studied journalism at Ryerson University. She obtained a master’s degree in television and film production from American University. Sasha-Ann is excited to now call Chicago home. When she’s not on the air, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the many amazing restaurants across the city.
Stories by Sasha-Ann Simons
Messages etched on locally-made quilts resonate far beyond Chicago’s borders.
Put on your walking shoes or grab your bike because guided food tours across Chicago have returned.
A CDC report says teen suicide attempts spiked during the coronavirus pandemic.
Teenage years can be a daunting time for both adolescents and parents. A new book has advice on how to make it less difficult.
Reset host Sasha-Ann Simons gets introduced to Chicago-style barbecue.
A new restaurant and lounge called the Duplex has opened its doors at 3137 W. Logan Boulevard
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The influence of Puerto Rican cuisine and culture in Chicago led to the creation of the jibarito.
Chicago Tribune names two food critics to replace one.
Farmers markets are back in Chicago after record sales in 2020.