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.
We introduce you to Rixys Alfonso, a South Florida woman who just might motivate you to heights you never imagined. Her passion and commitment emerged from a very personal struggle and family crisis that centered around her eldest son Devin. He was born with a rare genetic disorder, and at two years age was given a terminal diagnosis. But Devin is still alive (now 17) today, thanks largely to his mother’s efforts from here to Capitol Hill where legislators passed bills that to this day are saving children’s lives. We focus on all that Alfonso has done and accomplished as an advocate for children with disabilities.
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. L-G-B-T Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.
The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the gay liberation movement in this country. Gay pride month events across South Florida are plentiful, and nowhere is that more so than in Wilton Manors where a large percentage of the population identifies as LGBT. We look at what’s being planned and how Gay Pride Month has evolved over the years.
It has been more than 30 years since a handful of parents, concerned about drug abuse among young people, created “Informed Families” of Dade County. Support from many different sectors contributed to its rapid growth and success. It eventually became “informed families/the Florida family partnership incorporated after expanding its reach throughout the state. Informed Families is the Florida division of National Red Ribbon, Its mission to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free. Alcohol and drug abuse is a year-round concern for young people, but summer can be a particularly tempting time. We share valuable information parents need to know now.
Dr. Maya Angelou, the timeless poet and author who often gave life and death perspective, died at the age 86 Thursday. In exclusive, footage that has never aired before, Angelou talks about life, death, and what may come after.
If you ask mental health counselor George Mallinckrodt about prison inmates suffering from mental illness he will quickly share this message, “They shouldn’t be taunted, tormented, beaten and killed.”
Over the years the Orange Bowl has been able to give millions of dollars back to the South Florida community. WFOR is proud to partner with the Orange Bowl for an upcoming annual event called The OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida. The OBIEs, among other things, raises scholarship funds and honors individuals whose community service makes South Florida a better place.
Studies have shown that more and more Americans are becoming spiritual as we search for solace and inner peace. But spirituality is more than just comforting. There is strong evidence that it plays a key role in maintaining good health. We preview an upcoming event presented by the Kriya Yoga Institute along with community partners like Florida International University. It is an interfaith non-political forum for all South Floridians.
It’s shocking, heartbreaking and inspirational. Firefighters, and their fight against a silent killer. After a months-long CBS4 News investigation the time is now to make public some very private battles, all in the hope of saving lives.
The wife of a cyclist who was killed in a hit and run accident has taken her mission to make the roads safer all the way to Tallahassee.
It was an early morning one Miami Dade Corrections Officer says she will never forget. A frightening free-for-all, she recalls, inmates out of control on the 6th floor of the Miami Dade Jail.