Lea Gabrielle Leads the GEC

Former Fox News reporter named to lead counter-propaganda efforts at State

By Kylie Atwood, Michelle Kosinski, and Jennifer Hansler, CNN, February 7th, 2019

The State Department on Thursday announced that a former Fox News reporter would lead its agency in charge of efforts to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.

Lea Gabrielle will become the special envoy and coordinator of the Global Engagement Center, State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino announced during the department press briefing.

“Lea will provide the permanent leadership we have needed to bolster the Global Engagement Center’s operations. And she will begin her duties on Monday. Lea is a former CIA-trained human intelligence operations officer, defense foreign liaison officer, United States Navy program director, Navy FA-18/C fighter pilot, and national television news correspondent and anchor at two different networks,” Palladino said.

CNN reported in September that Gabrielle was a top contender for the job. Gabrielle could not be immediately reached for comment.

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