Hélène Biandudi Hofer

Need to Know Host

Hélène Biandudi Hofer is host and producer of WXXI TV's Need to Know Rochester, an award-winning, half-hour weekly news and public affairs program. Hélène joined the station in September 2010 as the host of All Things Considered.

Before moving to Rochester, Hélène worked at the CBS Primetime show 48 Hours Mystery in New York City. While at CBS she contributed to several documentary specials for the network including the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the tribute to news icon Walter Cronkite, the inauguration of Barack Obama and the CBS/VOGUE Fashion’s Night Out program.

In addition to her work at the network, Hélène co-founded the online news site Imprint-TV.com, an online hub for positive news stories. While in New York City, she served as reporter, producer and writer for the website.

Hélène is a graduate of New York University’s Broadcast Journalism program. After graduation, she returned to her hometown, Columbus, Ohio, where she worked as an associate producer for WBNS-TV.


WXXI Local Stories
7:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Lessons From '64: The Unemployment Disparity

Credit J. Carr/The Estate of Ken Reich

It was 50 years ago this week that Rochester was rocked by three-days of rioting that erupted in two predominantly African American neighborhoods.  A number of factors contributed to the violence, including a lack of job opportunities for African Americans, overcrowding and allegations of police brutality.

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Need to Know
8:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Immigration Debate, Type 1 Diabetes, & WALL/THERAPY


The immigration crisis in our nation has reached new heights. In the midst of the back-and-forth debate, we address some of the confusing elements of this issue and learn whether there could be a local impact.

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Need to Know Rochester
4:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Refugee Health Care, Guitarist Gabe Condon & Frederick Olmsted's ROC Parks

Watch Need to Know Rochester this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

2:10 am
Sat May 31, 2014

RCSD Board President Says Slow Down On Upgrades Until Details Released On Investigation

The President of the Rochester School Board says it’s time to put the brakes on school upgrades in the district.

Van White’s comments come after recent reports of a federal investigation into a multi-year project to reconstruct and renovate school buildings. It’s called the Rochester Schools Modernization Program and it’s a three-phase capital initiative with the District and the City of Rochester.

White says details of the investigation are slim right now.

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