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.

Ways To Connect

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Four years ago, in July 2011, South Sudan celebrated its first Independence Day. It meant the end of a 22 year civil war with the Arab-north. But four years later, the struggle for freedom continues. For about a year and a half a civil war within South Sudan, launched by political strife, has killed thousands of people, displaced hundreds of thousands, and left the economy in disarray. And while news broadcasts around the world show few signs of hope at the moment, members of the Rochester South Sudanese community say hope does exist. And they add that local efforts supporting the world’s youngest nation are needed now more than ever.

On this edition of Need to Know, we look at the current state of one of those efforts – the Ajong Primary School built by Rochester’s Building Minds in South Sudan. We also learn about new projects in the works for the nonprofit.

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

Innovation lives here. That’s a tagline for Kodak’s Eastman Business Park. The company is on the road to reinvention as it transitions away from its traditional revenue stream – film manufacturing. As we learn on this edition of Need to Know, the technology center and industrial complex is taking on a new role, new partnerships, and eventually, new leadership.

Associated Press

It appears that we’re starting to see evidence of new life in what was once a household name in the photography business. On this edition of Need to Know, a look at Kodak’s Eastman Business Park - the priorities, the partnerships and the changes on the way.

Also on the show, South Sudan is celebrating its fourth birthday this month. But independence festivities have been marred by ongoing conflicts and economic instability. We re-visit and examine the work of two Rochester-based organizations providing education and basic needs to the young nation. They say their work is needed now more than ever.

Numbers released just this week from the World Health Organization report that there are still 17,000 current cases of Ebola, and over 35 million people are living with AIDS. The sheer scale of these diseases bring forth major challenges to governments and healthcare providers. But as we’ll see in this Need to Know report from WXXI’s Sasha-Ann Simons, cellphones and the information they provide are powerful tools for tracking diseases and preventing further transmission.

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

Alyssa Morales & Family

There’s a saying you may have heard: “He who has health, has hope.” And it’s that message of hope that one local teen is working to spread. She’s a survivor of an eating disorder and also an advocate. At a time when social media, “perfect girl syndrome,” self-objectification and other trends are fueling eating disorders among kids and teens, Alyssa Morales is on a mission to change the message.  From sharing her story in local classrooms to Albany, she’s giving a voice to what’s referred to as “The Illness of Silence.” Alyssa Morales joins us on this edition of Need to Know to share more about her story and her work. Her mother, Michelle Morales, also joins the conversation.

The University of Rochester

Children’s hospitals have been called the “backbone” of pediatric care in the United States. They’re a relatively small percentage of the health care arena making up just about 5% of all hospitals in the country. However, they are part of an ongoing “boom”, as some call it, of hospital expansion and reconstruction projects throughout the US. And that’s happening in the Rochester region as well.

What happens when a children’s hospital upgrades and expands? And how do the new enhancements affect outcomes and reduce health disparities among kids? As the new Golisano Children’s Hospital prepares to open its doors, we learn what’s new, what’s improved and what it means for you.

Also on Need to Know, she’s referred to as a “Miracle Kid.” An eating disorder survivor and advocate is on a mission to help area teens discover their true potential. We’ll hear about the impact of her work from local classrooms to Albany.

And tackling world health issues right here in Rochester. How? Through a new smartphone app, text messaging and more. We’ve got all the details.

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