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 driver was able to walk away unharmed from this rollover accident in Hialeah Gardens. (Source: CBS4)

Driver Walks Away Unharmed From Rollover Crash In Hialeah

A South Florida motorist is counting his lucky stars after he was able to walk away without a scratch from a rollover crash Sunday in Hialeah Gardens.

01/24/2016

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The Witness: The Story & Case Of Inmate Harold Hempstead, Part 2

A man with a criminal past, serving a life prison sentence, is also considered a hero, to some, for his courageous pursuit of justice to expose corruption and abuses behind bars which he claims includes the death of a mentally ill inmate named Darren Rainey. Here is Part 2 of CBS4 Chief Investigative Reporter Michele Gillen’s exclusive conversation with Harold Hempstead.

CBS Miami–01/20/2016

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The Witness: The Story & Case Of Inmate Harold Hempstead

A man with a criminal past, serving a life prison sentence, is also considered a hero, to some, for his courageous pursuit of justice to expose corruption and abuses behind bars which he claims includes the death of a mentally ill inmate named Darren Rainey. Here is Part 1 of CBS4 Chief Investigative Reporter Michele Gillen’s exclusive conversation with Harold Hempstead.

CBS Miami–01/19/2016

Javon Maurice Reddick, 47, was arrested for armed robbery in Coral Gables. (Source: Coral Gables Police Dept.)

Bond Denied For Man Accused Of Armed Robbery

It was unexpected and unwelcome drama for two male shoppers at a Coral Gables mini mart Saturday.

12/20/2015

Model Lauren Foster opens up to CBS4's Michele Gillen about  being transgender. (Source: CBS4)

Exclusive: Transgender Evolution

Transgender icon Lauren Foster sat down with CBS4’s Chief Investigative Reporter Michele Gillen for an intimate talk at a time when, Foster says, a new chapter is being written in the transgender world.

11/04/2015

A sex trafficking survivor shares her story with CBS4's Michele Gillen. (Source: Michele Gillen/CBS4)

Exclusive: Trapped, Inside The Hidden World Of Sex Trafficking

Looking into a reflection of her own eyes, Kyla Massey sees a tormented soul. A spirit crushed under the weight of memories of the sex acts she was forced to perform. How many men did the 26-year-old have to service on just one typical day?

10/29/2015

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Vietnam “Napalm Girl” Undergoing Treatments In Miami

It was a photo that stopped much of the world in its tracks. A painful image that captured the horror of the Vietnam War and the cost to children and civilians.

10/27/2015

A judge has recommended Deborah Tersigni, a special needs teacher for a Davie elementary school, be given her job back. (Source: CBS4)

Judge Recommends To Reinstate Teacher Accused Of Child Abuse

An elementary school teacher for special needs children wants her job back after she says she was falsely accused by her colleagues of child abuse.

10/23/2015

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New Proposal Would Help Firefighters Battle Cancer

A new bill wants to protect firefighters who may eventually be diagnosed with cancer.

10/21/2015

Tom Green and Miguel Pilgram talk about “Taste of the Island” in Wilton Manors. (Source: My33)

Focus On South Florida: Taste of the Island

Since 2006, the annual “Taste of the Island” event in Wilton Manors is a foodie lover’s dream come true.

My TV 33–10/18/2015

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