Lea Sutton’s entrance into journalism was unconventional to say the least. Prior to stepping in front of the camera, much of Lea’s life was spent in uniform, including a flight suit. Lea served as a Navy fighter pilot, experience including flying F/A-18’s in Iraq and Afghanistan. She moved on from flying and thrived as a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom. During her time in Afghanistan she was embedded with a Navy SEAL unit conducting international intelligence operations.
Having served in the Navy Lea has a special insight into the lives and concerns of our US Military and their families. Lea’s passion to share her experiences in the Military as well as tell the stories of others, paved the way to pursue a career in journalism. In 2010 she became a multi-media digital journalist for the NBC News Washington Bureau. In Fall 2011, Lea joined the NBC 7 San Diego News team as Military Reporter. Home to the world’s largest concentration of Military personnel, San Diego has a responsibility to this vital sector of the community. Lea’s “mission” for NBC 7 is to report on issues pertaining to the interests and concerns of the Military community; drawing on her own experiences to offer an authentic and unique perspective as a reporter.