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Fox News reporter is State Department's top choice for anti-propaganda post: report
The State Department is reportedly considering Fox News reporter Lea Gabrielle to serve as special envoy and coordinator of the Global Engagement Center.
The job would put Gabrielle in charge of the agency focused on combating propaganda and disinformation spread by foreign adversaries, according to CNN.
Multiple State Department sources and one former senior State official told CNN that Gabrielle, a general assignment reporter for Fox's "Shepard Smith Reporting," is a leading candidate for the job.
Gabrielle served as a US Navy fighter pilot for more than 10 years and was also a military reporter. While in the Navy, she took part in some intelligence operations, according to CNN.
The State Department told The Hill that it did not have any personnel announcements at this time.
The current acting director of the agency, Daniel Kimmage, has filled a number of other State Department roles focused on counterterrorism communications. He replaced Obama-era appointee Michael Lumpkin, who previously held two top policy jobs at the Department of Defense.
The potential new hire comes at a key time for the agency, as concerns rise about disinformation campaigns aimed at disrupting the midterms and other U.S. elections.
If Gabrielle were hired for the position, she would not be the first Fox News alum to work in the Trump administration. Most recently, President Trump tapped former Fox News executive Bill Shine to serve as deputy chief of staff for communications.