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

LIVE: President Trump’s impeachment trial now shifting to questions from senators

Winona ISD set to consider adding ‘Gus’ as elementary campus’ emotional support animal

Gun Barrel Police: Traffic stop results in 2 arrests, seizure of marijuana, $2,500 in cash

  Smith County commissioners discuss plans for new courthouse

DPS releases identity of man killed in Cherokee County plane crash

Marshall ISD school board approves $400K project to upgrade high school lights

Police seeking information on 4x4 pickup that hit Carthage ISD school bus

NWS: EF-1 tornado hit Pollok; Alto damage caused by straight-line winds

Elysian Fields ISD canceling class Friday because of high number of illnesses

  ETN: KLTV sports director previews 2020 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose award ceremony

Caddo Lake State Park re-opens to public after storm damage causes closure

  ETN Interview: Party, concert featuring Blanca will launch new Hispanic Christian radio station

Multi-agency drug raid in Wills Point results in arrest, seizure of 30 lbs. of pills

  ETN interview: Game show fan discusses 2nd match of ‘Jeopardy!’ GOAT tournament

Professional Transportation Inc. announces 91 pending layoffs at its Longview location

Sheriff: Mother of missing 3-year-old turns child over to deputies at attorney’s office

Woman found dead in jail was actor Gary Busey’s ex-wife, publicist confirms

Panola County commissioners vote to pay January health insurance for fallen deputy, his kids

Judge dismisses abuse of official capacity charges against former Wood County sheriff

Kilgore PD asking for public’s help in identifying 5 suspects in theft at Walmart

New York Yankees send flowers in honor of fallen Panola County deputy

Grand jury indicts Texas woman accused of setting hotel room fire over denied advances

  East Texas Now: Game show enthusiast discusses upcoming ‘Jeopardy!’ GOAT tournament

  Longview Fire Department: gas leak has been isolated; East Loop 281 has been re-opened

  Whitehouse police investigating possible homicide at home on Hanks Street

Canton police: Man shot, killed at New Year’s Eve party

  Funeral services set for fallen Panola County sheriff’s deputy

Crims Chapel VFD working major one-vehicle wreck with injuries on FM 850

  WEBXTRA: Gary residents speak about fatal Panola County shooting incident

Smith County Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help in finding wanted theft suspect