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

American Press Institute

It’s likely among one of the most asked questions of news outlets: Why did the media cover this story and not that one? On this edition of Need to Know, members of local media discuss what gets covered in the news, what doesn’t and why. 

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

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More kids than you may realize in Monroe County are dealing with trauma. On this edition of Need to Know, we discuss the severe impact of traumatic experiences on youth and how area organizations propose we deal with it.

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

Associated Press

President Barack Obama has referred to climate change as the greatest threat to our future. On this edition of Need to Know, we’ll hear from environmental advocates as they breakdown, from their varied perspectives, what it all means and the local impact of climate disruption.

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

It’s a story that’s not going away. For years now, some Rochester residents, and lawmakers, have been asking: Where are the police officers that look like the community they’re serving? But a local documentary examines whether black officers, in particular, are even accepted by city residents and their white peers in the RPD. This edition of Need to Know explores some varying perspectives on an issue some say has yet to be resolved.

Also on the show, young adults are getting a second chance in life. Learn about a program helping area high school drop-outs reclaim their education and build new skills from the ground up.

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

WXXI News

It’s referred to by some as an “invisible disability.” It’s a disease with no known cure, affecting the lives of millions around the globe, including some people in our community. What you need to know about it and the stories of those who refuse to be defined by it, on this edition of Need to Know.

Also on the show, we’ll learn about a first of its kind robot created by a college student in an effort to revolutionize hospitality.

And she’s been called a source of tough love by local teens, some of whom had once been on the verge of dropping out of high school. Meet our new American Graduate Champion. 

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

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