Born and raised in San Diego, Gabe has always had a passion for news. As a high school student, Gabe earned a coveted position in a news reporter/photojournalism student workshop at KNSD-TV in San Diego. Gabe's success in the workshop program, organized by the California Chicano News Media Association and the San Diego Press Club, led to him being awarded a scholarship to attend San Diego State University.
While still in college, Gabe landed his first job in local TV news starting out as a camera operator at KUSI-TV, and eventually moving up to directing the station's 10pm newscast. Gabe then moved on to directing newscasts at San Diego's KFMB-TV.
Hungry for a change, Gabe moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and began a freelance career in live television production. To feed his passion for news, Gabe joined KCBS/KCAL in the production department and also worked as a freelance news photographer, shooting breaking stories for TV news outlets in the overnight hours. As a photographer, Gabe covered the devastating Woolsey Fire that struck in 2018 and captured video of the flames crossing the 101 freeway as the wildfire roared its way toward Malibu. That video appeared on ABC's World News Tonight and other media outlets worldwide.
Soon after, Gabe took his talents to the skies at Welk Aviation. First as a helicopter camera operator, and eventually transitioning to an on-air helicopter reporter covering breaking news events for Welk's clients, KNBC and KTLA. Flying overhead in the Summer of 2020, Gabe covered the massive "Black Lives Matter" protests erupting throughout Los Angeles. He joined KABC as a freelance director, then started working as a freelance helicopter reporter in 2022.
When he's not in the air, Gabe enjoys photography, attending concerts and sporting events, and traveling.
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