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.
Carlos Mejeas can’t forget the shock of finding a woman named Michele Bell and a half dozen other strangers living in his six bedroom Miami house, which was on the market for rent.
As part of Experience Aviation’s “Build & Soar” program, 30 local students, led by world-famous aviator Barrington Irving, were challenged to build a supercar capable of winning a race against a jet. Their project will be put to the test at Opa-Locka airport.
The National Action Network, along with the Miami-Dade school district, teachers, parents and community and faith-based organizations are coming together to prevent gun violence among young people in South Florda.
Miami is among 4 inaugurating cities of the Bethlehem Project. It assists local businesses in helping immigrant workers go through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.
An FBI informant gives a first hand account of infiltrating terrorist groups to aid U.S. intelligence.
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On April 23, CBS4 airs a one-hour special attracting some of today’s bigget music stars and honoring our children’s teachers. The Real Change Project: Artists for Education is produced with Adopt-a-Classroom. Adopt-a-Classroom provides the community with an easy way to help teachers and students and provides funds to purchase resources for them.
A psychologist shares his expertiese about how children & adults can cope with the stress & the trauma associated with tragic events like the Boston Marathon bombings.
Locust Projects is a longtime supporter of South Florida artists and the exhibiting of their works. We take an in-depth look at how Locust Projects does what it does and what’s being planned for its 15th anniversary celebration.
Autism is a disorder now believed to affect as many as one in 55 children. We take an in-depth look at the Dan Marino Foundation, and the work it has done as a one-stop place for the diagnosis, treatment and services for children with autism.