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Hélène Biandudi Hofer

Need to Know Host

Hélène Biandudi Hofer is host and producer of WXXI TV's Need to Know, 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.

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.

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His work has been described as “unfailingly original.” His dancers have been called “fearless.” He has been given the title “creative genius.” And according to the Los Angeles Times if there’s such a place as dance heaven, Garth Fagan Dance knows how to get there. After 46 years of running a Rochester-based dance company, and 25 years of operating a Western New York dance school, the master-mind behind the world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance continues to create and inspire. Tony-Award winning choreographer Garth Fagan joins this edition of Need to Know to talk life, dance and a special “first look” event for Rochester audiences.

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Now that the election is over, the focus has shifted to speculation about how a Trump Administration could change America. With one or more seats to fill on the Supreme Court, what’s next for a number of high-profile cases from President Obama’s Administration and decades before then is unknown.

Joining Need to Know’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer to help break down what a President Trump Supreme Court could like and the state of some of the most contentious cases of our times is Patricia Marks, retired Monroe County curt judge, and Kathleen Donovan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at St John Fisher College.

Immigration, marriage equality, abortion, the Affordable Care Act. The state of these cases and more are a big question mark right now. On this edition of Need to Know, Rochester voices weigh in and explain what could be next under a President Trump Supreme Court.

Also on the show, he’s one of the most acclaimed choreographers in the world. And his dance troupe has a special first-look performance for Rochester audiences. We discuss the life and new work of Garth Fagan.

And can music really help manage stress, boost self-esteem and improve interpersonal relationships? One Rochester music school gives a definitive “yes” to that question and shows us how.

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Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

The 2016 roller coaster ride of an election year will certainly go down in history. When it comes to local races in Monroe County, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter held onto her seat in the 25th Congressional District and she is now preparing for her 16th term. Another big win in one of the most watched local races is Adam Bello for Monroe County Clerk. On this edition of Need to Know, Hélène Biandudi Hofer is joined by Randy Gorbman, WXXI’s Director of News and Public Affairs for a quick look back at the election that was.

“This nation was founded with a vision for freedom, a vision that has required repeated challenges in order to move toward true liberty for all the people of this land.” Those are the words of the Most Reverend Michael Curry. The 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church was in Rochester in early November to talk racial justice and reconciliation. The purpose for his visit and his message comes at a time when many say our country appears more divided on racial, gender and socio-economic lines than they realized.

Need to Know’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer sat down with the first African American bishop of one of the oldest Christian denominations in America to talk social challenges for the church and our community. He also shared his strategy for better days ahead.

Divided is one of the single most common words used to describe the state of our country after this year’s election. But on this edition of Need to Know we’ll hear from the leader of one of America’s oldest religious denominations as he visits Rochester with a unifying charge for residents.

Also on the show, the culmination of nearly 600 days of local, state and presidential campaigning has residents of the Rochester region feeling a mix of emotions. How people on both sides of the political aisle feel as we move past election 2016.

And in the name of inclusion, a Western New York dance company offers sensory-friendly performances. We’ll find out about the story behind these special productions and who benefits. 

It was President Jimmy Carter who said: “We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” Enlightening the Rochester community on such differences among our rich ethnic and cultural environment is part of the mission of a television program for Rochester’s City12 produced by WXXI. Cultural Expressions is all about promoting diversity by sharing the cultural history of Rochester and surrounding areas. On this edition of Need to Know, guests discuss the benefits for all when we take the time to understand and celebrate diversity on a community level.

Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

The American Psychological Association recently found that 52% of American adults polled reported that the 2016 election was a very or somewhat significant source of stress. On this edition of Need to Know we examine if this is fairly typical of every major election and how damaging the past nearly 600 days have been politically and psychologically for everyday people.

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