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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.

Ways to Connect

WXXI-TV aired "The Dropout Dilemma," a LIVE Town Hall meeting on the crisis in city schools and the impact it has on the community Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.

The program focused on how the dropout issue in the Rochester City School District impacts the community as a whole and possible solutions to the problem.

WXXI's Hélène Biandudi and WDKX's Tariq Spence hosted the live program from WXXI's Television Studios. You can watch the full program in the video box below.

A new musical from the Rochester Children’s Theatre is now making the rounds at elementary schools in the city school district.

Sweet House is the name of the show. It’s a modern twist on a classic tale inspired by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.

After a recent performance, a few young critics from School 35 weighed in on the musical. You can hear their review by clicking the audio player above.

A local pastor says it's time for Rochester residents to become a voice for the voiceless by standing up in support of migrant workers.

Reverend Chava Redonnet is the Pastor of Oscar Romero Church in the city - she also leads a migrant ministry at an undisclosed location outside Rochester. She says immigration laws are forcing migrants to live in constant hiding and fear.

And she says with increasing raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement many migrant workers are missing, their whereabouts unknown.

Rochester's interim city school superintendent is talking budget gap - and what the district is going to do to make up for the shortfall. 

Interim Superintendent, Dr. Bolgen Vargas, says as revenues shrink, expenditures are increasing in the area of health care and other benefits. 

Vargas says this all contributes to the city school district's projected $41 million gap. And he adds there's continued pressure on the District's budget from charter schools in the city - which receive a portion of the school system's revenue. 

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