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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 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.

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Cariann Moore, American Lung Association (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Las Olas Wine & Food Festival

19 years ago the first Las Olas Wine & Food Festival took place to benefit the American Lung Association. It has grown from a small intimate gathering to one of the most anticipated wine and culinary events. The proceeds still benefit the American Lung Association in Florida It is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We focus on that and give people a sneak peek of the upcoming festival.

My TV 33–04/21/2014

Michael Fernandez, a former "Wish" kid.  (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Make-a-Wish

The Southern Florida chapter of Make-a-Wish has been making children’s dreams come true since 1983. The wishes of 507 children with life-threatening medical conditions were granted last year, and as the organization marks its 30th anniversary this year, the sky’s the limit! We focus on the work the agency does, and hear from a former ‘wish kid’ who shares his story with us.

My TV 33–04/21/2014

Dr. Oren Wunderman, Exec. Dir., Family Resource Center and Lisa Alvarez, Foster Mother (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness

Since 1978, the Family Resource Center of South Florida has been a champion of the rights of children to grow up in a healthy and safe environment. Founded by a group of concerned citizens, today the agency is a leader in child welfare services in its ongoing mission to help prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. This is a pressing problem in Florida. As part of child abuse prevention and awareness month, we focus on what can be done to identify and prevent future occurrences.

My TV 33–04/21/2014

Christopher Isaiah Penn Smith, Published Author (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: “Guess Who, Mr. Dinosaur?”

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.

My TV 33–04/14/2014

Paul Lister, Founder, European Nature Trust (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Save the Forests

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.

My TV 33–04/14/2014

Dr. Mario Reyes, Miami Children’s Hospital (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Superkid Tracey

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.

My TV 33–04/14/2014

Sandra Veszi-Einhorn, Executive  Director, Rebuilding Together Broward (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Rebuilding Together Broward

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.

My TV 33–04/14/2014

Coral Gables City Manager Pat Salerno  (Source: City Of Coral Gables)

Coral Gables City Manager Pat Salerno Resigns

The City of Coral Gables is hanging up a ‘Help Wanted’ for a new City Manager.

04/08/2014

Artist Christy Gast (Source: My33)

Focus on South Florida: Christy Gast

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.

My TV 33–04/07/2014

Michael Marino of the Dan Marino Foundation (Source: My33)

Focus on South Florida: Autism Awareness

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”.

My TV 33–04/07/2014

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