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Newly-elected Rochester City School Board Commissioners on their time on the job

James Patterson and Camille Simmons on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, January 27, 2022.
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WXXI News
James Patterson and Camille Simmons on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, January 27, 2022.
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It's been called the most thankless job in politics: school board member. That might be particularly true in Rochester, where the school board has been mired by infighting and dysfunction.

We sit down with the two newest members, recently elected, to discuss how they see this moment during the pandemic, and how they're trying to build bridges on a board that often burns them. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."