Hélène Biandudi Hofer

Award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, TV news magazine host and producer. Creator of The Empty Hanger, a documentary news series currently in production by Hélène's media group, HBH Enterprises.

AWARDS

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. 

CENTER FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS' ADELE CARLSON ADVOCACY AWARD:

  • Hélène Biandudi Hofer was honored with the Adele Carlson Advocacy Award from the Center for Disability Rights for her extensive news coverage on disability issues. The award recognizes an individual who has had a significant impact on the Disability Community.

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. 

ADDITIONAL AWARDS:
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)