Portland Helmich has worked as a television and radio host, reporter, producer, writer, voice-over talent, and actress for the last two decades. She’s lent her producing and writing skills to news, magazine, “infotainment,” reality, and documentary programs airing on PBS, the Sundance Channel, Lifetime Real Women, the Hallmark Channel, the Travel Channel, the History Channel, Destination America, Animal Planet, Oxygen, Veria Living TV, Wisdom Television, WCVB-TV, New England Cable News, and more.
For three years, her voice was heard on Boston’s WGBH Radio, where she produced and read local news during NPR programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Marketplace.
She’s also the creator, host, and executive producer of 78 half-hour national lifestyle talk shows on two start-up channels – the former Veria Living TV and the former Wisdom Television. She’s been a correspondent for Oxygen’s Pure Oxygen and done reporting for The American Consumer on PBS and New England Cable News (NECN). Portland was a segment host on American Builder, a Comcast home improvement series, and she was Barry Nolan’s fill-in host on Comcast’s Nitebeat, a live evening talk show covering all topics. She hosted Careers in New England, a job recruitment series on New England Cable News, co-hosted My TV Prime on WZMY-TV in New Hampshire, and once hosted a magazine travel show that aired on Discovery Home & Leisure called Rural Free Delivery.
Portland began her career as an actress in New York City, where she studied at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School. She’s acted on the stage, in commercials, films, and on television. She’s appeared on the HBO series, The Newsroom, and on HBO’s The Wizard of Lies. She’s also a recent winner of The Moth in Boston. After a 3-year stint in Los Angeles, Portland currently lives outside of Boston, where she works as a producer/writer at the documentary film company, Northern Light Productions. She also hosts and produces an interview podcast called Kripalu Perspectives for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Portland holds a BFA in acting from New York University and an MA from St. Michael’s College in Vermont.