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 world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization is promoting a walk on the first Sunday in April dedicated to raising awareness and money for this growing issue.
The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism is promoting its upcoming fundraiser on April 6 and how the proceeds will be used for student scholarships.
A sex abuse survivor is on a mission that she’s under taking one step at a time. On Wednesday, Lauren Book will start her four day walk through Miami. The walk is part of her annual 15-hundred “Walk in My Shoes” journey from Key West to Tallahassee to raise awareness and fight for victim’s rights.
A yearlong investigative series looking at what happened to children who died violently after the department of children and families had been warned that they or their siblings may be in danger.
The 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens is this weekend at Sun Life stadium. People come from all over the country for this highly anticipated music festival. It is also a major showcase for the city of Miami Gardens, which has one of the highest crime rates in South Florida.
Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The cause is not clear and there is no cure. The MS Walk Miami raises money for research to find a cure, CBS4 is a sponsor. Eliott Rodriguez returns as the event emcee. We focus on spreading awareness of this killer disease and the upcoming walk.
We are now officially in the final one-month countdown to the 2013 income tax deadline. The I-R-S Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax preparation to people who qualify. We focus on the “VITA” program — who can benefit from the service, why so many people are not taking advantage of it, and how to avoid the numerous tax scams circulating out there.
We revisit Cassandra’s big day at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, then continue the conversation with her mentor, and the CEO of the organization involved in mentoring her and other South Florida at-risk kids and teens.
Mod Weekend is back– bigger and better than its inaugural event last year. The festival, which is set for next weekend, spotlights Fort Lauderdale’s mid-century architectural gems.
We’ll preview the 4-day extravaganza which features everything from bus and boat tours to film screenings to a dance party.
From aviator Amelia Earhart to astronaut Sally Ride, and all the trailblazers in between, Women’s History Month pays tribute to the power of women and their vision. This year, the 6th annual Miami Beach Women’s Conference is focusing on women in uniform, and how they have changed our lives and inspire us.