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|Born||Lea Gabrielle Potts
|Education||United States Naval Academy (1997)|
|Spouse(s)||Greg Sutton (married June 12, 2004)|
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 also qualifying with an Instrument rating and as a Commercial Pilot.
She served in the United States Navy for twelve years and was a fighter pilot 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 Signals 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 international 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, NBC websites, and web spots. As digital journalist and editor (Avid), Gabrielle covered stories for NBC Nightly News web page and nationwide NBC affiliates. She conducted various news maker 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 was a military reporter for KNSD-TV (NBC 7) using her married name Lea Sutton There she was NBC's only exclusively designated Military reporter covering the full spectrum of military and national security issues. She joined Fox News Channel in New York City in December 2013.
Alongside, her career as a journalist, Gabrielle volunteers as a guest speaker and master of ceremonies for charitable and promotional events supporting members of the military, their families and veterans.
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