Sasha-Ann Simons


Sasha-Ann Simons is the host of Reset for WBEZ Chicago.

She began her career as a journalist in television news 16 years ago and made the leap to public radio in 2015 at WXXI News, the NPR member station in Rochester, N.Y. While there, Simons earned numerous awards. She was also a contributing reporter for PBS NewsHour.

Simons was previously a program host at Washington’s WAMU, 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. Simons 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.

Simons is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. She grew up in Toronto, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson). She has also studied television and film production at American University. When Simons is not on the air, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the many amazing restaurants across Chicago.

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