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.
Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program advocates for the best interest of children alleged to have been abused, abandoned or neglected who are involved in court proceedings. The program in Broward County, and its nonprofit affiliate “Voices for Children” has publicly launched a campaign called “Help Close the Gap” because it needs volunteers. We focus on the work the Guardian ad Litem program does and how you can help the children who need it most.
Final preparations are underway in South Florida for a long overdue tribute to Vietnam veterans who never received a proper homecoming. The Miami-Dade County golden veterans parade coincides with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. We focus on what’s being planned and how the community can be a part of it.
A staggering nearly one million people in South Florida struggle to put food on the table. Feeding South Florida is the largest hunger-relief organization in the state, but recent cutbacks on Capitol Hill are going to make it harder for the nonprofit to achieve its mission. We focus on the impact of that on South Florida, as well as possible solutions.
Recent statistics show nearly one in 3 students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and tens of thousands of students stay home from school every day because of a fear of bullying. We focus on a new web-based anti-bullying program that is trying to turn around those numbers, and the local high school that is one of the first in the state to offer it to its students.
The annual Americas Food & Beverage Show is back in town. It is more than a chance to explore and sample the largest selection of foods and beverages from around the world catering to the taste of the Americas. We focus on how it is an opportunity to help small businesses and the local economy grow.
Che Scott has written a morally challenging book called “I Like Girls: Honor: The New Guy Code”. Don’t let the title fool you, this is serious stuff. We talk to the author about his book which he encourages parents and their children to read together.
Take Stock in Children is a nonprofit organization which has helped more than 22,000 low-income and at-risk youth to break the cycle of poverty by completing college. TSIC has a new president and CEO. We talk to Madeline Pumariega, a nationally recognized leader in higher education, about her vision for the program.
Everyone has areas of their lives they’d love to improve and there are lots of experts who can help in each area. That’s why bestselling authors and business/personal development experts, came together for an entire year to create the first collaborative solution for 22 of the most critical personal and professional challenges encountered by men and women around the globe. We delve into the best-selling book with one of the authors.
We take an up-close look at the documentary, a collaborative project in which the University of Miami participated. The film investigates the topic of aging in the 21st century, focusing on the reasons and implications of increasing the life span of human beings through the cutting-edge work of leading researchers and scientists from around the world.
The discovery of high levels of arsenic in soil in two Coconut Grove parks has forced officials to close one of them, as well as prompt the testing of soil in all Miami parks. We focus on the problem, what’s next and where we go from here.