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.
For little girls who have lost their curls, the discovery of what appears to be a magical looking glass, makes them smile. At Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, children who have battled cancer, many of whom have undergone chemotherapy, a peek into the mirror reveals a princess wearing a beautiful crown.
When Marjory Stoneman Douglas was 95, she started the Biscayne Nature Center in Miami-Dade County. Its mission is to teach the importance of preserving our natural environment. More than 25-thousand children and adults visit the center each year. We focus on what goes on there and why it is so important to South Florida.
Nothing can be more frustrating than coming up with a solution to a problem but being unable to move forward on it. There is a competition underway right now that could provide you with 5-thousand dollars to set your idea in motion. The goal of the Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank is to encourage creative thinking and get people to work together to achieve a common goal. We focus on how you can get involved.
The curtain is about to go up on the Miami International Film Festival. The 31st edition of “MIFF”, which is a program of Miami-Dade College’s MD-Culture will last for 10 days. Premiering at this year’s festival will be 93 feature films and 28 short films from 38 countries. We preview what has become one of South Florida’s premier annual cultural events.
Teaching social and economically disadvantaged girls and young women the support and self-esteem they need to succeed in life. That’s the mission of “Honey Shine”, the mentoring program founded by Tracy Wilson-Mourning more than a decade ago. In 2013 Honey Shine improved academic performance, increased financial literacy for students and brought more college scholarships to its so-called “Honey Bugs” than ever before. We focus on what’s on tap for 2014.
A grandfather wipes away a tear as his beloved granddaughter, Cassandra Gonzalez tenderly hugs him. Jose Gonzalez is blind and Cassandra willingly serves as his eyes and guide in life.
Get ready to get nostalgic. Artist Doug Bloodworth’s works will take you back to your childhood and reawaken memories of the comic books you read, the games you played and the comfort foods you ate. This master of photorealism will have you at first swearing his oil paintings are photos. Now, he’s making an appearance at the South Beach gallery where his works are on display.
More than 5 years ago, David Packouz, and his former arms trading partner made national headlines. The story of how the two young men from Miami Beach managed to bid and win a 300 million-dollar government arms contract led to congressional hearings and convictions. Packouz has remained mostly silent on this chapter of his life, but now, for the first time on television, he shares his story with Michele Gillen
As part of our celebration of Black History Month we profile Thelma Gibson. Born in the 1920s, this Miami native not only witnessed life here leading up to the civil rights movement, she fought tooth and nail for civil rights. Ms. Gibson was also one of the founders of the Jewish Home for the Aged, and one of the women who started the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Dade County, South Florida’s first women’s chamber.
Dinner and a show doesn’t necessarily involve a restaurant and a theater anymore. Miami-Dade College Live Arts is bringing immersive theater to South Florida. The National Theater of Scotland will perform an inventive play which is not performed on stage, but in a bar, in which theatergoers find themselves immersed in the action. We focus on this unconventional play and the MDC Live Arts program’s efforts to bring cutting-edge cultural events to our area.