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.
Actor Matthew McConaughey, a native of Longview, posted a video on his Instagram channel and announced that he will be putting together a virtual benefit within the next two weeks to aid Texans who have been negatively impacted by the winter storm that blew through last week.
Because of a water outage at the Crockett Civic Center, the town’s leadership has moved everyone out of the warming shelter that had been set up there, according to a post on the City of Crockett’s Facebook page.
Emergency personnel with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department transported two families to Houston-area hospitals Tuesday after they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of trying to heat their apartments with charcoal grills.
EMS personnel with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department transported a family of six to a Houston-area hospital for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning Monday after they tried to use a charcoal grill to heat their apartment.
Longview’s police and animal services departments are investigating after LPD officers found six frozen, dead puppies locked in a wire crate at a home in the 700 block of Oakdale Avenue Friday morning.
East Texas law enforcement officers arrested a naked Orange woman Monday after she stole a vehicle with two children in it, dropped the kids off at a convenience store, and then lead sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through Woodville.
After a Henderson County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a Murchison man on a traffic violation Saturday, he was allegedly found to be in possession of a loaded syringe with a substance believed to meth.
Deputies with the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Sunday morning after he allegedly went to a home near Grand Saline, pointed a gun at the homeowner, and then shot out the window of another homeowner’s vehicle.