Chris Dawson guilty: Meet the Sky News reporter behind twin gaffe

Australia reporter Gabriella Power was left a little red-faced on Tuesday after confusing  with his identical twin Paul outside the NSW . 

The blooper went viral, with some unfairly questioning how a reporter who had covered the trial so extensively could have made such a gaffe. 

Many seemed to forget the brothers are identical and the blooper was made in in the heat of the moment after one of the most significant criminal verdicts in Australia this year. 

Power has since gone to ground on social media, setting her Instagram profile to private as members of the public and fellow journalists joined an old fashioned T pile-on.

Here, Daily Mail Australia takes a look inside the glamorous life of Gabriella, from her tough live television reporting role to her surprising connection to Nine’s Richard Wilkins. And why one prominent TV and radio host thinks she’s set to make a big impression in journalism. 

Peter scuffled with female TV anchor and reporter for Sky News Gabriella Power (pictured) after she confused Paul with his identical twin brother Chris

Inside the glamorous life of Gabriella Power (pictured), the Sky News Australia reporter who confused ‘Teacher’s Pet’ killer Chris Dawson with his twin outside court on Tuesday 

Gabriella joined Sky News as a presenter and anchor in 2017, and has since led coverage of a range of major international and national news stories. 

She spent three years in Melbourne where she covered the 2018 Victorian election, the Covid-19 lockdowns, the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell – whose convictions were later quashed – and the Black Summer bushfires.

Her tough questioning during the daily Covid press conferences drew praise, but also criticism from Daniel Andrews’ supporters. 

She also covered the Tokyo Olympics for Sky News and Fox Sports in 2021 where she interviewed athletes and reported from the opening and closing ceremonies. 

Gabriella joined Sky News as a presenter and anchor in 2017, and has since led coverage of a range of major national and international news stories

Gabriella joined Sky News as a presenter and anchor in 2017, and has since led coverage of a range of major national and international news stories 

She spent three years in Melbourne, during which time she covered the 2018 Victorian election, Victoria's Covid-19 lockdowns, the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell - whose convictions were later quashed - and the Black Summer bushfires

She spent three years in Melbourne, during which time she covered the 2018 Victorian election, Victoria’s Covid-19 lockdowns, the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell – whose convictions were later quashed – and the Black Summer bushfires 

She also covered the Tokyo Olympics for Sky News and Fox Sports in 2021, which saw her interview athletes and report from the opening and closing ceremonies

She also covered the Tokyo Olympics for Sky News and Fox Sports in 2021, which saw her interview athletes and report from the opening and closing ceremonies 

Before joining Sky News, Gabriella worked at 2GB radio, including on Ben Fordham¿s show

Before joining Sky News, Gabriella worked at 2GB radio, including on Ben Fordham’s show

Before joining Sky News, Gabriella worked at 2GB radio including on Ben Fordham’s show, where she started at the bottom as a work experience kid. 

Now based in Sydney, Gabriella hosts Sky News programs Tech Perspectives and Digital Disruptors, focusing on the latest in Australian technology news.

Gabriella has previously made headlines for her personal life because her mother Nicola Dale is dating Channel Nine entertainment editor Richard Wilkins.

Now based in Sydney, Gabriella hosts Sky News programs Tech Perspectives and Digital Disruptors, focusing on the latest in Australian technology news

Now based in Sydney, Gabriella hosts Sky News programs Tech Perspectives and Digital Disruptors, focusing on the latest in Australian technology news 

Nicola, a flight attendant, began dating the TV veteran early last year afterin February 2018.

Richard Wilkins isn’t the only celebrity with whom Gabriella has rubbed shoulders.

Gabriella and Nicola have long shared a close bond, having previously launched their own mother-daughter blog called The Power Life

Gabriella and Nicola have long shared a close bond, having previously launched their own mother-daughter blog called The Power Life

In a recent interview with , the presenter revealed she once danced with none other than Prince Harry at a nightclub in London.   

‘I still pinch myself about it. I was in London visiting a friend, and we went out to a birthday party and our table was right next to Prince Harry’s!’ she said. 

‘He was a lot of fun, dancing a lot, and had a big group of friends with him.’ 

In a recent interview with Let's Connect Women, the presenter revealed she once danced with none other than Prince Harry (pictured in 2016) at a nightclub in London

In a recent interview with Let’s Connect Women, the presenter revealed she once danced with none other than Prince Harry (pictured in 2016) at a nightclub in London

It comes after Gabriella suffered a blunder outside the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday after she mistook Paul Dawson for his twin brother Chris. 

Chris Dawson, 74, was found guilty of murdering his first wife Lynette 40 years ago – all so he could continue his sordid affair with his teenage babysitter.

‘Chris, you’re going to Silverwater. Do you have anything to say?’ she asked Paul, who was quickly advised by his older brother Peter to ‘breathe’. 

‘I’m Paul, you idiot,’ Paul told the press pack.

Gabriella wasn’t in the court when Dawson was taken into custody, and may have been under the impression he was still on bail before sentencing.

Friend and former colleague Ben Fordham was glowing in his defense of Gabriella on Wednesday. 

‘Gabriella Power is a superstar who got mixed up in the middle of six hours of exceptional live coverage,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘She’s not the first person to get confused by identical twins.

‘She wasn’t in the court when Chris Dawson was taken into custody so I understand how it happened. She is a talented journalist and a first-class human being. She’s going to make a significant impact on the TV business and I back her 100 per cent.’

Gabriella suffered a blunder outside the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday after she mistook Paul Dawson for his twin brother Chris, who had just been found guilty of murdering his wife Lynette 40 years ago. (Pictured: reporters scuffle with Paul Dawson outside court on Tuesday)

Gabriella suffered a blunder outside the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday after she mistook Paul Dawson for his twin brother Chris, who had just been found guilty of murdering his wife Lynette 40 years ago. (Pictured: reporters scuffle with Paul Dawson outside court on Tuesday)  

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