Former Broadcast Journalist, American Forces Radio & Television Service; Executive Director, CreativeMediaMatters
Gail McCabe, a well-known videographer for the Department of Defense, is now the executive director at CreativeMediaMatters, where she works as a visual storyteller, bringing business and human interest stories to life. She also uses her extensive experience as a media consultant and broadcast trainer.
McCabe earned accolades as a contributor to the American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS) broadcast network, establishing herself as a top producer/communicator for the Department of Defense. Her many in-depth interviews with high-profile leaders were frequently featured on her own program, A Closer Look With Gail McCabe. Her work aired on DoD News, American Forces Network (AFN), Soldiers Update, YouTube, Facebook, Soldiers Radio News, DoD Live, Soldiers Live and DVIDS, and can still be seen on numerous social media outlets.
During her extensive career, McCabe earned the trust and confidence of DoD leadership as well as civilian and military members serving around the globe. Her comprehensive reports have provided insight on the strategic goals and challenges faced by the U.S. military around the world, from combat, logistics and humanitarian response, to counter-insurgency and peace-keeping.
Her award-winning productions as a visual storyteller have brought clearer understanding about many high-profile missions, including Operation Desert Storm; Task Force 51 in Goma, Zaire; Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia; as well as extensive coverage of Partnership for Peace initiatives throughout Eastern Europe. She has brought context to the diverse challenges faced by the U.S. military in complex operations in Kosovo, Africa, South and Central America, India, Vietnam and here at home. Most recently, her reports covered troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Resolute Support, as well as numerous multinational missions and exercises in Africa, Asia and Europe.
McCabe is the Army’s first civilian broadcast journalist to have been selected to participate in Training with Industry (TWI) with CNN, at their Atlanta world headquarters. She holds numerous Army, DoD and industry awards. She is an inductee into the Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and is a two-time recipient of the Defense of Freedom Award for injuries sustained covering combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.