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 23 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.
Christopher Isaiah Penn Smith attends pre-school in Pembroke Pines. Like many 4-year-old boys Christopher loves dinosaurs. But unlike most 4-year-olds, Christopher has published a book. A book about dinosaurs! We meet him and his mother.
Deforestation is clearing Earth’s forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. The documentary “Wild Carpathia” exposes the nightmare and cost of deforestation. F-I-U and the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium recently hosted screenings of the film. We meet and talk to the man who is traveling this country and the world with the film to help preserve and restore our vanishing wilderness.
Tracey Dominique is the most recent CBS4 Superkid. The young girl with a big dream and an even bigger heart aspires to return to her native Haiti to practice medicine someday. We introduce you to this amazing teen and continue the conversation with the doctor from Miami Children’s Hospital who could help make her dream come true.
In Broward County, hundreds of local volunteers and dozens of businesses will come together to revitalize the homes of some low-income homeowners as part of National Rebuilding Month, a month-long call to service. We focus on the event on April 26th, National Rebuilding Day. Find out what it’s all about and how you can get involved.
The City of Coral Gables is hanging up a ‘Help Wanted’ for a new City Manager.
Miami-based Christy Gast’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally. Her work is a product of extensive research and site visits to places she thinks of as “contested landscapes”. Her latest, “Inholdings”, on display locally thanks to Locust Projects, focuses on the Everglades.
Just this past week the Centers for Disease Control reported an autism rate in this country of one in 68 children, that’s a 30 percent increase from two years ago. We focus on the Dan Marino Foundation’s ongoing efforts to promote autism awareness and support, specifically its annual teaming up with Panera Bread, to score a “Touchdown for Autism”.
In advance of the commission’s upcoming annual conference in Deerfield Beach, which draws leading researchers and law enforcement from across the country, we discuss the latest research and scientific data on addressing and realizing addiction and mental illness. Specifically, how faking mental illness impacts on law enforcement, addressing the growing needs and dangers of addiction, and the role of states in overcoming addiction.
With the voice of an angel, a 16-year-old girl named Tracey Dominique sings of love and dreams of a world where children feel safe and are cared for—especially the children of Haiti.
Michele Gillen discusses about guardianships and an effort by some to expose and address what they say are flaws in the current system with Dr. Sam J. Sugar, Founder of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, and Lidya Abramovici, a member of AAAPG.