Gary Bass

Digital Content Producer

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

Report: Livingston woman high on meth, bath salts tries to burn home

Tyler man who stole property from elderly, disabled client agrees to 7 years in prison

Tyler woman dies in 2-vehicle head-on collision on SH 31 East

Gun Barrel police: Man who pointed rifle at 5 people had heroin, meth in home

Rusk County horse racing crowd attacks man after shooting

Authorities arrest 2 in multi-county crime spree at Onalaska property

Jasper ISD voters approve $18.5 million bond proposal for school facilities, bus purchases

Several Deep East Texas counties reporting flooding, damage after Saturday’s storms

Upshur County Sheriff’s Office: Suspect in custody after fatal shooting incident

3 Henderson County fire departments battle Gun Barrel City house fire

DPS: Driver who struck, killed 60-year-old man near Nacogdoches fled scene

Texas man dies after being severely stung in bee attack

Affidavit: Athens brothers sexually assaulted, beat woman during drug binge

Bullard couple dies in 2-vehicle crash on Highway 155 in Frankston

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee announces plans to retire after 11 seasons

Neches man dies in motorcycle crash on SH 294 in Anderson County

Arson charges filed on 2 suspects in connection with Van Zandt County house fire

DPS: 3 people die in two-vehicle crash on US 79 in Cherokee County

12-year-old arrested in drowning death of half-brother at Tyler motel

Affidavit: Nacogdoches man gets sex assault charges after runaway girl found at his home

Autopsy shows man whose body found near Toll 49 died of hypothermia

  Affidavit: Tyler man met Alabama girl online, kidnapped, sexually assaulted her

At least 1 person dead after Rusk County plane crash

DPS lab requests guidance for DNA testing at arraignment for suspect in Starrville church slaying

  Tyler firefighters extinguish van fire at Dale Chapel Baptist Church

Tyler police rescue 13-year-old Alabama girl from residence on Woods Blvd.

Hemphill woman dies in head-on collision on US 96 in Brookeland involving 18-wheeler

WATCH: Boom heard by many Northeast Texans was demolition of Big Brown Power Plant

Athens man who was allegedly found with ‘large amount of meth’ during HCSO search indicted

Chandler man indicted in connection with fatal head-on collision on FM 315