ASSOCIATED PRESS AWARD BEST NEWS SERIES:
- New York Associated Press award for Best News Series for her WXXI-TV Need to Know series, Schools for South Sudan. After traveling to the world’s youngest nation to document the development of a primary school funded by upstate New York residents, Hélène directed and produced the series-turned-documentary Schools for South Sudan, which screened at Rochester's Little Theatre and aired on WXXI Television in November 2014.
NEW YORK STATE BROADCASTER'S ASSOCIATION AWARD:
- Hélène Biandudi Hofer received a New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) Award in the “Outstanding Public Affairs Program or Series” for her WXXI-TV Need to Know episode Fixing Rochester’s Segregated Schools: The Urban-Suburban Story. The NYSBA’s Annual Awards Competition encourages professional performance and recognizes outstanding achievement among radio and TV stations in our state. Fixing Rochester’s Segregated Schools: The Urban-Suburban Story takes an inside look into the Monroe #1 BOCES Urban-Suburban Program. As the program approached its 50th anniversary, it began re-evaluating its mission to reduce racial isolation in schools and also reinforced its efforts to expand throughout the County.
CHAMPION FOR YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD:
- Hélène Biandudi Hofer was honored with the Champion for Youth Leadership Award by Rochester's Center for Teen Empowerment (TE). Hélène was recognized for her work with TE, including hosting a town hall meeting with TE youth to discuss the high school drop-out crisis, as part of WXXI’s American Graduate initiative, and inviting TE organizers on to Need to Know to share their views on important issues like youth-police relations, teen parenting, and gang violence. She was also honored for mentoring area teens interested in pursuing careers in broadcasting and fashion design.
Associated Press “Best News Special/Documentary” (2015)
Associated Press “Best Feature” (2014)
Associated Press “Best Interview, TV” (2014)
Associated Press “Best News Special/Documentary” (2012)
Associated Press “Best Feature” (2012)
Rochester Media Association’s Young Media Professional Award (2012)