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.
The United Way’s “ALICE” report places a spotlight on a large population of hardworking people, who, although employed, have little or no savings, and are one emergency away from falling into poverty.”ALICE” is an acronym for asset limited, income constrained, employed. In Broward County alone, we could be talking about some 300-thousand households. We focus on what else the report reveals, and what the United Way of Broward is doing to support the “ALICE” population now, and in the future.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has been transformed into a magnificent glass menagerie. The works of premier glass artist Dale Chihuly are on display for the next six months. CBS4 is a proud gold sponsor of the exhibition. We take you behind the scenes and hear from the master.
For 15 years, the Mourning Family Foundation, has produced “Zo’s Summer Groove”. Hosted by Alonzo and Tracy mourning , the one-week fundraising event has raised more than 7 million dollars. Well, get ready to get your groove on in a whole new way. The first annual “Zo’s Winter Groove” is set for later this month. CBS4 and MyTV 33 are proud sponsors of the event. We focus on what the fundraiser is all about, how you can be a part, and who will benefit.
‘Tis the season to do some year-end tax planning. December is always a busy time with family and holiday tradition, but this month is also an important time to take stock of your personal finances. We focus on ways you can save money now with advice from a certified financial planner.
For more than four decades, “100 Black Men” chapters around the globe have touched the lives of more than 500-thousand young people. In South Florida, the volunteer organization provides mentoring, scholarships and leadership training to young African-American men. The “100 Black Men of South Florida” chapter has programs year-round. We focus on the difference the organization makes, why the work it does is so important to all of us, and how you can get involved.
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.”