Helene Duhamel

Helene Duhamel, a longtime News Director and Broadcast Anchor for premier regional media outlet. Widely recognized television personality and public figure. Authoritative advocate and influential spokesperson for health issues and other causes. Popular emcee and host for public events. Sought-after community leader and opinion maker.
• Team leadership and management
• On-the-job trainer and workplace mentor
• Staff skills and professional development facilitator
• News directing, writing, videography, editing
• Social Media promotion, advocacy, outreach and audience building
• Strategic public relations planning, collaboration and execution
• Community liaison for civic and charitable organizations
• News and Social Media production, broadcast and release
• Health care advocacy and promotion
• Fitness advocate and dance and Zumba, Mossa instructor
• Guide and spokesperson for KOTA “Care & Share Drive” into large and popular food donation cause in area
KOTA – TV, Rapid City, SD and Scottsbluff, NE
News Director and Anchor for largest regional broadcaster; Anchor, Producer, “Family Healthcast” news feature segment General assignment reporter, photographer and editor; newscaster and producer
Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City, SD
Public Information Officer
• Tom Brokaw Broadcast Award, South Dakota Broadcasters Association
• First place Associated Press South Dakota: Best Feature, Best News Series
• National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Midwest Chapter, Silver Circle
• Jane Lofgren Media Award, American Cancer Society
• “Most Recognized Woman” in Western South Dakota according to private research
• First female civilian allowed to fly a USAF B-1 Bomber
• Flown on Air Force Thunderbird F-16
• Stanford Dollie
• Board Member, YMCA “Pioneering Healthy Communities,” community wide awareness campaign
• Honorary Commander, Ellsworth Air Force Base, 37th Bomb Squadron
• Board Member, American Cancer Society, South Dakota Chapter
• Chair, KOTA Care & Share Food Drive
• Chair, United Way of the Black Hills Campaign
• Board Member, Youth & Family Services, Inc., Rapid City
• Board member, Museum Alliance of Rapid City
• Board member, Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Stanford University, BA Mass Communications with honors, emphasis International Relations
Fluent Italian, Active in school and church activities. Husband Steve; children Erin, Daniel and Shannon

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Husband Steve, 3 children: Erin, Daniel, Shannon

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
Currently work as the Public Information Officer for Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. I love working in a career where I make a difference in my community.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
I enjoy Colonial House, Shooters & Tally’s – great local restaurants

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
39 years ….


Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
well… I tried to go to China, but was refused a visa. (I don’t know if they didn’t like my work experience as a reporter 🙂

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
60 Minutes

Q: What advice would you give to people?
One day at a time

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
competing on “Dancing with the Stars” ??

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Eagles– really any music I can dance to

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
I’d love to dine with my late mother. She died decades ago and I miss her very much.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
I love the walkability of Rapid City. My family walks every night after dinner. It’s a great way to get to know a neighborhood and its citizens

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I see myself still living in Rapid City, hoping to continue serving in the South Dakota legislature

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I love to dance. I took formal dance classes for about 10 years …and then continued in college and was one of five Stanford Dollies (danced with the band for one year)

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
I think the Black Hills is the most beautiful place in the world.

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
I’ve always loved the summer months — I love the heat and I have a summer birthday

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Being a mom is a 10 out of 10 — best job

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My mother was a saint. She was a great mother and I aspire to be like her … she died at the age of 58 from a brain tumor. She welcomed some 40 kids into our home (foreigh exchange, Casey Family, foster kids, etc)

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
baking bread

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
love, life, happiness