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.


5:05 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

ROC Parents & Teachers Protest Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

Several Rochester school teachers, parents and advocacy groups are protesting a lawsuit challenging New York’s teacher tenure system.

The lawsuit was filed this week in Albany Supreme Court and alleges teacher tenure in the state protects poor performing teachers by making it harder for them to get fired or to improve classroom instruction.

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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
1:30 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The US Immigration Crisis: Is There A Local Impact?

immigration crisis in the United States has reached a boiling point. So what does it all mean for Rochester area residents? And is there a potential local impact? We'll explore the issue further.

Also on the program, we discuss Type 1 Diabetes.  We’ll learn about the symptoms, the misconceptions and the latest research.

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