Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Gabriel has previously witnessed the division of a country. Venezuela, divided between the polarized supporters and opponents of Chavismo, collapsed as a house divided. As similar polarization rises in the U.S., Gabriel is interested in exploring how and why there is seemingly no room for compromise between Republicans and Democrats. Before becoming a reporter, he served as an administrative and legal services specialist in the Marine Corps. Journalistically, Gabriel has covered Minnesota state politics for KSTP-TV, business for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the metro beat for the Star Tribune. He graduated with distinction from the University of Minnesota’s school of journalism, is a National Newspaper Association Foundation Washington News Fellow and a member of Kappa Tau Alpha.