Former South Dakota Anchor Gets Senate Seat Appointment

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel Comment

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has tapped former local news anchor and news director Helene Duhamel is fill a vacant senate seat.

Duhamel currently works in the public information office for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

“The responsibility to appoint a legislator when a vacancy arises is not something I take lightly,” Noem said in a statement. “Helene is a pillar of her community and a trusted voice for Rapid City. Helene’s experience as a journalist and more recently in the Pennington County Sheriff’s office will position her well to succeed in the State Legislature. I am confident she will serve as an effective Senator for her district.”

Duhamel is a recipient of the South Dakota Broadcasters’ Tom Brokaw Award and was inducted into the Upper Midwest Regional Emmys Silver Circle.

Duhamel’s appointment is effective immediately.