Lea Gabrielle Potts
March 19, 1975
|Education||United States Naval Academy (1997)|
|Occupation||Journalist and Naval aviator|
Lea Gabrielle (born March 19, 1975) is an American journalist, who served in the United States Navy for twelve years as a combat naval aviator and intelligence officer. As a civilian, she worked as a journalist and correspondent for the Fox News Channel and as a general-assignment reporter for Shepard Smith Reporting. On February 7, 2019 it was announced she would head up the U.S. Department of State's Global Engagement Center, tasked with countering propaganda from foreign actors such as Russia, China, North Korea, and ISIS.
While attending Mount Vernon High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, Gabrielle was named a finalist in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. She is a 1997 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, earning a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Entering the active-duty Navy after graduation, Gabrielle attended the U.S. Navy Flight School at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida from 1998 to 2000, earning her Naval Aviator Wings. She is also qualified with an instrument rating and as a commercial pilot.
She served in the United States Navy for twelve years and was a naval aviator of the single-seat F/A-18 "Hornet," with combat deployment from USS George Washington. Her call sign as a pilot was "Flower". Additional duties were as a landing signal officer (LSO) and as a squadron public affairs officer. She also served as an intelligence operations officer during Operation Enduring Freedom, and while in Afghanistan she was embedded with a Navy SEAL unit conducting intelligence operations. She was also a defense foreign liaison officer.
After leaving the Navy, Gabrielle attended the New York Film Academy in 2009, receiving a digital journalism certificate. She then worked for NBC News (2010-2011) in Washington, D.C. where she shot, wrote, edited, and produced packages for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, N websites, and web spots. As a digital journalist and editor (Avid), Gabrielle covered stories for the NBC Nightly News web page and nationwide NBC affiliates. She conducted interviews for White House and Political Correspondents and Nightly News (including the President, the first female governor in Afghanistan, and GOP Presidential nominees).
In September 2011, Gabrielle moved to San Diego, California, and became a military reporter for KNSD-TV (NBC 7), using her then-married name Lea Sutton. She joined Fox News Channel in New York City in December 2013.