Michele Gillen Dies: KCBS, ‘Dateline’ Investigative Reporter Who Sued For Discrimination Was 66
Michele Gillen, an investigative reporter whose broadcast career took her from Maine to Miami to Los Angeles, died of natural causes. She was 66 and her longtime friend and producer Marcia Izaguirre confirmed the death in a Facebook post on Friday.
"For everyone who knew her, she was a tireless warrior who fought tirelessly for the vulnerable," wrote Izaguirre. "In every story she delved into, she wanted to discover the truth and inspire change to improve the quality of life in her community."
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Gillen won 39 local Emmys over several decades. But in 2018, she filed an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against CBS and its television group, accusing them of promoting a misogynist "good old boy club culture" at their Miami broadcaster, where she was humiliated and degraded for treatment and retaliation for filing of complaints.
A confidential settlement agreement was reached in this lawsuit, federal documents show.
Gillen graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1977 and began working for a television station in Bangor, Maine. , In 1980 she moved to Miami to work for WPLG-ABC10. Here her work on housing for the elderly led to national legislation against the abuse of the elderly.
Gillen joined NBC in 1988 as a correspondent for Dateline, but became embroiled in a scandal over staged crash tests on GM trucks. Gillen then moved to NBC's Miami subsidiary, WTVJ, in 1993.
Gillen joined KCBS-TV in Los Angeles in 1995 and returned to Miami two years later as an investigative reporter for WFOR-CBS4. She stayed there until 2018 when the broadcaster refused to extend the contract.
Information on survivors or a memorial was not immediately available.
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