Michele Gillen

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Michele Gillen is chief investigative reporter at WFOR-TV, Miami, Florida. Gillen, who has served as an anchor and investigative reporter on both network and local television news, is the recipient of 36 National Academy of Television Arts and Science (NATAS) Emmy awards, the Columbia DuPont Silver Baton, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting, three Green Eyeshade Awards, and has been honored twice by the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television.

Gillen came to WFOR from KCBS-TV, the CBS station in Los Angeles, where she worked as investigative reporter since June, 1995. Prior to joining KCBS, Gillen produced and reported a number of investigative series for the nationally-syndicated news magazine The Crusaders. From 1993 to 1994, Gillen worked at WTVJ (NBC) Miami, as anchor of the 6 and 11 PM newscasts and investigative reporter. Before joining WTVJ, she served as investigative correspondent for NBC News from 1988 to 1993. During her last two years at NBC News, Gillen was a featured investigative correspondent on the news magazine broadcasts Exposé and Dateline NBC. She worked from 1980 to 1988 at WPLG (ABC), Miami, as anchor and investigative reporter. Gillen began her broadcast journalism career as morning anchor and reporter for WLBZ-TV (NBC) in Bangor, Maine. Later, she moved to WCSH-TV (NBC), Portland, Maine where she served as the evening news co-anchor.

Gillen has a long history of initiating investigative reports which result in significant legislative and/or law-enforcement policy changes. While at KCBS, she reported and produced a special investigative series titled “Mammography- Too Young to Die”. The series, which was selected best of show for all investigative reporting (local and network) by the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, exposed a flawed government policy on mammography and was credited by members of U.S. Congress.

Michele produced a pioneering five-part special report for “The Crusaders,” which focused on domestic violence, particularly in South Florida. Her reporting resulted in a county-wide task force which provided cameras to police agencies to use in documenting domestic violence reports. At WTVJ, she won two Emmy Awards for an investigative series on elderly abuse at state-licensed South Florida nursing homes. The series helped initiate important legislative and law-enforcement changes to fight elderly abuse. While working for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” she conducted a four-month investigation of substandard mammography equipment which resulted in the creation and passage of the first federal law setting national standards for mammography.

Gillen graduated valedictorian from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and mass communications. A native of Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, she served on the Board of Overseers at Emerson College.

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A Miami-Dade County Elections Department voting machine during pre-election testing. (Source: CBS4)

Dade Tests Voting Equipment Ahead Of Early Voting

Early voting for the August Primary Election gets underway Monday, August 15th, in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.


An Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador, in San Salvador, on February 3, 2016. Health authorities continue their efforts to eliminate the mosquito, vector of the Zika virus, which might cause microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome in unborn babies. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

Mom Presses For Answers After Son Turned Away Over Zika Concerns

After several days of her son reporting that he was not feeling well, Tifani Roberts says one long-distance phone call set off an alarm.


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Prescription For Danger?

For more than a year and a half, CBS4 news has been responding to a chorus of concerns and complaints from consumers who were convinced they had suffered debilitating effects from a certain and popular class of antibiotics called Fluoroquinolones.


An investigation 10 years in the making -- Michele Gillen with Judge Steve Leifman of the 11th Judicial Circuit. (Source: CBS4/Michele Gillen)

The Forgotten Floor: A New Chapter

August 2016 will mark ten years since CBS4 news cameras first exclusively entered the so-called “forgotten floor.”


Darren Rainey (Source: Florida Department of Corrections)

Protestors Demand Answers & Action In Death Of Inmate Darren Rainey

Advocates of humane treatment of the mentally ill and prison reform gathered outside the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Thursday.


This temporary shelter houses 200 youngsters who fled Central America because of violence. (Source: CBS4)

Future Unknown For Refugee Children At Temporary South Florida Shelter

It’s a new day in South Florida for hundreds of refugee children, but their future remains unknown.


Posing as IRS agents on the phone, fraudsters have scammed millions of dollars with their threatening tactics. (Source: CBS4)

IRS Scam Targets Unsuspecting Taxpayers

Posing as IRS agents on the phone, fraudsters have scammed millions of dollars with their threatening tactics which includes warn their victims to call back ‘or else’.


For weeks, convoys of dump trucks have streamed across swaths of Miami Beach in a big hurry to clean, replace and swap out some 20-cubic yards of sand.
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Danger In The Sand: Miami Beach Votes To Secure Control Over Sand

The City of Miami Beach voted to secure some control over the donation of sand to its beaches- which are owned by the state of Florida.


The tombstone of Maxine Silverman.
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Who’s Watching Mom?

It was an evening Darlene Meadow says she can’t forget. She had raced to a hospital ER where her injured mother, Maxine Silverman, awaited her. She entered and says she nearly went into shock.


Priscilla Cercone was carjacked at gunpoint while sitting the parking lot of her home. (Source: CBS4)

Hollywood Woman’s Key Decisions Help Her Survive Armed Carjacking

A quick-thinking Hollywood woman made several key decisions that helped her survive an armed carjacking.



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