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

Lufkin police release name of woman killed in head-on collision on Timberland Drive

1 dead, 2 injured in Rusk County home invastion/gunfight

Longview police asking for public’s help in finding 17-year-old runaway

Jasper man’s federal drug conspiracy charges dropped

Longview native Matthew McConaughey announces ‘virtual benefit’ to aid Texans

Multiple Nacogdoches County fire departments extinguish house fire on CR 839

One injured in shooting on Tyler loop

Trauma service area that includes Nacogdoches, Angelina counties sees sub-15% hospitalization rate again

  Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Office releases IDs of 3 dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

Hospitalization rate for area including counties of Angelina, Nacogdoches rises above 15%

Water outage forces Crockett officials to move warming shelter to Grapeland Event Center

East Texans share snow photos

2 more Houston-area families, including 5 children, suffer carbon monoxide poisoning

City of Huntington: Power has been restored to town’s water wells

Nacogdoches officials attribute surface water plant damage to blackouts

Texas family sickened by carbon monoxide after using grill indoors for heat

DPS: Highway 135 blocked in northeastern Cherokee County after train derailment

Hospitalization rate for area including counties of Angelina, Nacogdoches below 15% for 5th day

Emergency crews working 2-vehicle wreck near Loop 571, SH 323 intersection in Henderson

Tyler County deputies arrest man who allegedly threatened clerks, customers with gun

Boy Scout donates sleeping bags for Lufkin Police officers to hand out to homeless

Longview PD detectives arrest woman in connection to fatal shooting

Longview police, animal services investigating after six puppies found frozen to death

Court date set for driver in fatal Athens ISD bus crash

  State Rep. Matt Schaefer says he hopes HB 1650 will eliminate red tape associated with plumbing industry

Palestine man who shot, killed brother agrees to 50-year prison sentence

Tyler County sheriff: Nude woman stole car with children inside

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office traffic stop results in 1 arrest, seizure of meth

Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting incident near Grand Saline

Longview police investigating after man’s body found on Eastman Road