Helene Duhamel is a fifth generation South Dakotan. She joined the family broadcasting business in 1981 as a summer intern in the KOTA-TV newsroom in Rapid City. In 1984, Helene graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from Stanford University and her first assignment was to cover the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.
Over her 35 year career, Helene was a news director, reporter, assignment editor, producer, anchor, and even did the weather. She reported as a one-man-band–shooting, writing and editing all by herself. In 1991, Helene was among the first in the nation to openly talk about cancer and share her experience, allowing cameras on her path through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and later a double mastectomy.
Once the Rapid City television market began consolidating, in the spring of 2017, Helene stepped away from broadcasting and joined the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office as the Public Information Officer.
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