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Helen Young
Helen Young is a documentary filmmaker and Emmy award winning television news producer who has forged her career blending a passion for investigative reporting with a commitment to illuminating the social issues of the day. She is currently in production on the documentary, "Nuclear Insecurity", a film that examines protest actions by activists, including two Catholic nuns and a priest in their eighties, who oppose nuclear weapons on moral, legal, and humanitarian grounds. The film also tells the larger story of U.S. nuclear security policy. It charts the sea change in thinking among prominent policy experts who once staunchly advocated for nuclear weapons, but now support their elimination.

She was Co-Executive Producer with Al Roker of Armed in America, a documentary that examined the sale and licensing of firearms in the United States and the role played by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in regulating these weapons. The film aired on MSNBC.

Helen wrote and produced Childhood Obesity–Danger Zone, a documentary that explores the childhood obesity epidemic raging across America through the personal stories of children and teenagers battling the problem. The film takes an unvarnished look at the personal toll obesity is exacting on young people and also travels to the front lines of where the epidemic is being fought: in hospitals, schools, and communities across the country. The documentary was produced for Al Roker Entertainment and aired on "The Food Network".

Helen also produced America’s Astronauts -- from Mercury to Apollo to Today, an MSNBC Living History Event which aired in conjunction with the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. The documentary tells the story of the American space program through the experiences of seven astronauts including the first African American woman in space, Mae Jemison, and the last man to leave his footprint on the surface of the moon, Captain Eugene Cernan.

Helen was a staff writer and producer for both CBS News and NBC News for a total of twenty years. She produced "Eye on America" reports for "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and also produced for "Dateline NBC" as well as a number of other news magazines and local and national broadcasts.

Entries by Helen Young

It's All About the Books, About the Books, About the Books

(5) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 7:51 PM

Like a lot of teachers Amanda Lodermeier frequently dips into her own pocket to buy materials for the fifth grade class she teaches at the Andersen United Community School in Minneapolis. Some two thousand children attend the Pre-K to 8th grade school where a majority of them qualify for free...

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45 Years and Waiting

(6) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 6:20 PM

Over the next few weeks at the United Nations the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference will be in session, and the central question is will it go down in history as another lost opportunity or the dramatic turning point that millions of people around the world...

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Finding Security in Cooperation

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Picture this: You get on a flight from the U.S. to China and once you arrive in Beijing your pilot is not allowed to land because your plane's specifications do not comply with the Chinese airport's safety standards. Now imagine this scenario repeating itself when your pilot attempts to land...

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The Nun Behind Bars in Brooklyn

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 10:02 PM

Sister Megan Rice Courtesy:Megan Finnerty

You could call it a homecoming of sorts, but without the welcome home party. After growing up in the shadow of Columbia University in Manhattan's Morningside Heights, serving the Catholic Church as a biology teacher in Africa for...

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And the Award for the Best Public Policy Goes to....

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:17 PM

They're considered the "Oscars" for best public policies, and they come at a time when many people -- at least here in the U.S. -- are cynical about whether government can do anything right. The rollout of Obamacare is a mess and it comes on the heels of a paralyzing...

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Fixing Blame for a Nuclear Security Failure

(3) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 12:02 PM

As the "Nuns on the Bus" kick off their social justice campaign for immigration reform this summer, there's another Catholic Sister who remains locked away in a Georgia jail cell convicted of one of the most serious federal crimes: sabotaging America's national security. Sister Megan Rice, who is...

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The Nobel Deadline

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 11:18 AM

It's February 1 and unless you've submitted your choice for who should win the Nobel Peace Prize this year, you're out of luck. This is the day the nomination period ends. "We get thousands and thousands of letters, " says Geir Lundestad, the Director of the Norwegian Nobel institute who...

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In the Audience at the Nobel Peace Prize

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 2:03 PM

They were all in one majestic room: Norway's King and Queen as well as the Crown Prince and Crown Princess; the leaders of 20 European nations including Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande; the European Union's Nobel Laureates and their entourages; plus hundreds of other dignitaries. They filled Oslo's...

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Nuclear Insecurity

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 6:08 PM

Sister Megan Rice, the 82-year-old Roman Catholic nun under federal indictment for what the New York Times recently called "the biggest security breach in the nation's atomic complex" is facing some stiff prison time: up to 16 years. But it's not a fact she's dwelling on. "It...

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Let Them Eat Soot!

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 7:17 PM

A new book of diaries by Alastair Campbell, the former communications director to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, pulls the curtain back on a chilling diplomatic episode that took place in Pakistan just weeks after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Campbell had accompanied Blair to Islamabad to build...

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A Malicious Nun?

(11) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 1:26 PM

There are many words that come to mind to describe Sister Anne Montgomery, and her work but "malicious" is certainly not one of them. Sister Anne, an 85-year-old Roman Catholic nun from the Society of the Sacred Heart who once taught students in Spanish Harlem and high school dropouts in...

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Meet the Bangor 5

(5) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 3:45 PM

He is known affectionately to thousands of people in Tacoma, Washington simply as "Bix," short for Father William Jerome Bichsel. Bix is an 83-year-old Jesuit priest whose every move is currently being monitored by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, courtesy of an electronic ankle bracelet he is required to wear...

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