Jeff Awtrey

Jeff Awtrey has worked for KLTV and KTRE since 2009. He has been in East Texas media since 2000 with a previous background in newspaper. Jeff was born in Oklahoma and lived a part of his childhood in Hawaii before his family moved to Nacogdoches, Texas. After graduating from Nacogdoches, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a degree in journalism. Among Jeff’s career highlights are his part in covering Hurricanes Rita and Ike, the space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the film Charlie Wilson’s War and the Lufkin Little League All-Stars march to a national championship in 2017. After a call to serve God, Jeff attended a mission trip to Haiti in 2012. He and his wife then participated in three more trips and took part in a team which distributed Bibles they were able to purchase through a fundraising effort in the states. Jeff is the creator and organizer of the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown, an all-star basketball game which pits the top seniors of Angelina County against the top seniors of Nacogdoches County. Proceeds from the game go to a charity of the winning team's choice. The game has now been held for 10 years. Jeff loves pro wrestling, SFA basketball and, above all, his Houston Astros. In fact, Jeff even proposed to his wife during an Astros game before an audience at Minute Maid Park. Jeff and his wife, Cheryl, have three children, Adam, Emily and Anna. As planning assignments manager, Jeff is responsible for lining up future coverage for days, weeks and months ahead. If you have an event you would like to share, or any kind of story idea at all, you can reach out to him.

Recent Articles by Jeff

  Longview police identify suspect, 2 victims in homicide

Gilmer man, Louisiana woman accused in steroids scheme

Palestine duo plead guilty to beating, robbing Tyler man

Woman who stole $60K from Lindale business gets 4-year prison term

Texas man who allegedly wanted to cannibalize girl found competent to stand trial

Mineola woman convicted of stealing mail back in jail

Kilgore firefighters extinguish blaze on Parkview Street

Crews respond to wreck involving several vehicles on I-20

Tyler board approves 4th location for Braum’s

Whitehouse police officer no-billed by grand jury in connection with shooting

Braum’s makes 2nd attempt at 4th Tyler location

Longview DaVita found in compliance with Medicare on revisit

OSHA levies $64K fine against Lone Star plant in connection with fatality

Gilmer woman accused of stealing $53K from employer; purchases included car

East Texas federal grand jury indicts Michigan man for child sex crimes

Jacksonville man busted for lewd photos after reporting stolen phone

Longview police: 1 person struck, killed while directing traffic after wreck on Loop 281

Whitehouse man allegedly shot by officer with his own gun

Whitehouse PD: Man shot in officer-involved shooting turns self in on criminal charges

Hopkins County jailer charged with second alleged sexual conduct with inmate