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.
This holiday season, nearly one million South Floridians are going to bed hungry. And most of these men, women and children are our neighbors and friends who live right in our own communities. Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger, but the food bank needs the public to help fill its bare shelves. We focus on why is the need so great, and how your support can make a difference.
Thanks- giving. It’s not always easy to connect to the true spirit of the day.
Farhana Ahmed knows her brother Rahan Ronny Ahmed has a long road ahead of him, but she’s so grateful he is still alive.
Family and friends of Myron May, who shot three students at a Florida State University library before he was gunned down by police, said they were shocked when they heard that he was the gunman.
Record-setting pilot Barrington Irving had a triumphant homecoming in Opa-locka as students chanted, “I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky. I think about it every day.”
Pope Francis confirmed he will make his first papal visit to the United States next year.
CBS4’s most recent SuperKid gets the star treatment on Focus, while we focus on the organization Hip Hop Kidz, and the role it played in turning Ricky’s life around.
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is committed to improve the health of all Americans, especially that of the Hispanic community. It promotes the recruitment and retention of Hispanic students in nursing education programs to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural nurses. The number of Hispanics in the U.S. is projected to reach 30 percent of the nation’s population by 2050. But according to the NAHN, only 4 percent of RNs nationwide are of Hispanic background. The not-for-profit professional association is holding its annual conference here. We focus on the NAHN’s mission, which has particular relevance in South Florida..
Virginia Key is an ecological treasure South Florida can be proud of, a highly diverse barrier island just off the coast of downtown Miami. The key’s North point is being transformed into one of our only public spaces specifically designed for recreational use and the conservation of flora and fauna. Volunteers from the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science are helping to lead the way in environmental restoration activities there. We focus on what’s being done and the importance of it.
The Florida Department of Corrections Secretary spoke Thursday at the same place where an inmate had died back in 2012 after being left in a scalding hot shower.