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.
fter a parish priest was exposed to the COVID-19 virus at a recent funeral, the leadership of the three Catholic churches in Nacogdoches decided to err on the side of caution and cancel public masses until at least Monday, July 13.
An East Texas state representative has sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott urging him to request that the U.S. Department of Education waive the STAAR requirements again because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Several thousand customers in East Texas and Louisiana are experiencing power outages after a storm system blew through the area Monday night and Tuesday morning, and crews are working to resolve the outages.
Even though many East Texas towns canceled their Fourth of July fireworks shows in the wake of Gov. Greg Abbott’s newest announcement regarding large gatherings of people, the City of Longview put on a spectacular fireworks show Saturday night.
Mutilple East Texas law enforcement agencies joined forces to execute a search warrant on a house in the 600 block of Nacogdoches Street in Jacksonville early Friday morning. As a result, one man was arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity.
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.
After Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission spoke to the 30 bars that remained open Friday in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent executive order, all but two of those establishments agreed to shut their doors. Outlaws in Longview was one of the two that chose to remain open.
A Northeast Texas school district has decided to change its fight song and paint over the image of a Confederate soldier in the high school gymnasium in light of the events that have been happening across the United States in the last few weeks.
No injuries were reported after a drive-by shooting incident that occurred on Lufkin’s West Grove Avenue Friday afternoon. Three of the four suspects have been arrested, according to the Lufkin Police Department.
Marshall police officers have arrested four men on riot charges in connection with allegations that they were involved in a “planned fight” at Bella Wyatt Park on that resulted in the shooting death of Demarcus Sheppard.
A Henderson County Sheriff’s Office deputy found a wanted felon hiding with a stash of heroin, meth, and distribution materials in an attic south of Chandler and arrested him Thursday, according to a press release.
Addressing the spike of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that have occurred since Memorial Day, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged Texans follow the recommended safety protocols going into the July 4th holiday weekend.
The Lufkin Police Department has released the names of the people involved in a fatal three-vehicle wreck that occurred Friday after the driver of one of the vehicles drove recklessly and at speeds of about 100 mph.