Gary Bass

Gary Bass grew up in Athens, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He played football for the Athens Hornets. He started his college career at Texas A&M University in College Station, and he finished up his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches in May of 1997. Shortly afterward, he started working as a staff writer for the Athens Review and the Cedar Creek Pilot. He covered the county and Cedar Creek Lake beats, but he also covered sports and filled in as sports editor on occasion. While there, he won numerous awards for news and column writing, and he covered the execution of the infamous Betty Beets. In 2000, he started working as a staff writer for the Lufkin Daily News in Lufkin, Texas. While there, he covered the business, education, and politics beats and was a co-winner of several awards. He also helped with the newspaper’s coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and did several interviews with death row inmates. Gary and his family moved to California in March of 2006, and he worked as a substitute teacher while he was there. Then in the summer of 2007, he and his family got the opportunity to move back to East Texas. Gary was very tempted to kiss the ground when the family’s two-car caravan crossed the New Mexico-Texas border. After he moved back to Texas, Gary enrolled in graduate school at SFA, where he earned his teaching certification and then graduated with a master’s degree in English in 2012. While he was in graduate school, Gary worked as an adjunct English instructor at Angelina College, a freelance magazine writer, and an employee at a barbecue restaurant. Gary started working as a web content producer for KTRE in September of 2012, and he moved up to work in the KLTV newsroom in December of 2018. Gary, who is a father of two children and a granddad, enjoys spending time with his family, working out, going to movies, reading, writing, and going to church when he is not working as a web content producer.

Recent Articles by Gary

Accident report released on fatal crash involving truck, charter bus carrying Brookhill students

NTSB: Pilot in fatal Harrison County plane crash not certified to fly that type of aircraft

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office: Traffic stop near Eustace resulted in felony drug arrest

2 Texas A&M Commerce football players robbed, shot while on spring break

Longview Fire Department beats town’s police department in inter-agency basketball game

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office: Man wanted on federal warrant crashed vehicle after chase

  Construction crew removes damaged flagpole at Gregg County Courthouse

SWEPCO crews, contractors still working to restore power to East Texans after storm

Tyler man gets 50 years for robbing victims of marijuana, gun

New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer offers tantalizing hints of what is to come

Wreck involving 18-wheeler at E. Hawkins, N. Eastman cleared

  Multiple vehicles involved in wreck near I-20 Starkville exit in Smith County

  UT Tyler police: T.K. Gorman coach’s arrest was on campus after ‘illegal entry’

Tyler man agrees to 15 years in prison for robbing 2 gas stations at gunpoint

Woman found with $67K during Smith County traffic stop agrees to 6 years

15 years in prison for man who pleaded guilty to shooting woman, dumping her near Longview hospital

Lufkin police arrest man wanted on federal child porn, exploitation charges after traffic stop

  Longview Fire Department: Street re-opened, evacuation lifted after possible gas leak

Tyler resident wins $1 million with scratch-off ticket

Ground stop at DFW International Airport, Dallas Love Field causes flight delays