Portland Helmich


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Talk shows.  Infotainment.  News.  Documentaries.  Touching human interest tales.  Non-scripted reality television.  Portland tells compelling stories in all of these of formats.

For over 15 years, she's located and researched stories, planned and directed shoots -- domestic and international.  Portland creates a relaxed atmosphere in the field and in the studio that allows everyone to do their best. She's often described as a savvy interviewer who draws the very best out of talent. When reviewing footage, writing scripts, and overseeing edits, she pays attention to the big picture as well as the small details that make stories sing.

Portland is the creator, executive producer/showrunner, and host of What's the Alternative?, a 52-episode national talk show about natural health and alternative healing practices airing on the former Veria Living TV (DISH, Verizon FiOS and Frontier).

She's produced for shows airing on Animal Planet, Hallmark Channel, PBS, Lifetime Real Women, Discovery Home & Leisure, Sundance Channel, Travel Channel, History Channel, Destination America, Vermont Public Television, Oxygen, Wisdom Television, and WCVB-TV (Boston's ABC News affiliate). She's one of the co-producers of the acclaimed podcast, Stranglers, and is currently co-producing a documentary film about John F. Kennedy called The Last Speech in conjunction with Northern Light Productions.