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

Total of COVID-19-related deaths in Texas now at 70

Longtime director of Great Texas Balloon Race dies at age 76

Governor Greg Abbott extends order; schools closed until at least May 4

Veritas Shop Fabrication in Whitehouse notifies TWC of recent layoff of 67

Henderson police: 1 person dead after shooting incident on Wilson Street

  VIDEO: White Oak police release surveillance footage of robbery suspect

  Gregg County Sheriff’s Office releases name of man found dead in Sabine River

Mabank man arrested after wife found dead of blunt-force trauma

Flying in from NYC? Gov Abbott says you must now self-quarantine

  ETN: A college twirler is using her talents to spread joy at Tyler assisted-living facility

Smith County grand jury indicts man in connection with Jan. 2 stabbing death

Morris County judge reports first confirmed COVID-19 case in that county

Dallas County judge issues ‘shelter-at-home’ order to slow spread of COVID-19

Texas Gov. Abbott says he has no plans of issuing statewide ‘shelter-in-place’ order

Multiple-county chase ends in Angelina County, suspect now in custody

NTSB report: Pilot in fatal Harrison County crash had no in-flight multi-engine instruction

Sheriff’s Office: Elysian Fields ISD employee arrested for improper relationship with student

  ETN: Glenwood VFD organizes food drive, starts wellness checks in response to COVID-19

  Texas governor issues order banning restaurant dining, closing gyms

Gov. Greg Abbott confirms 3rd Texas coronavirus death at press conference

  ETN Interview: KLTV staffers discuss economic impact of COVID-19

Gov. Abbott activates Texas National Guard to help with COVID-19 response

Southland Conference cancels the remainder of its championship basketball tournament

DPS: 2 people killed in 3-vehicle wreck on Interstate 20 in Harrison County

Panola County Sheriff’s Office: Divers recovered body of possible drowning victim from Lake Murvaul

Former Smith County ESD 2 firefighter indicted on child porn charges

Henderson County Sheriff: Tyler man sentenced to 20 years for shooting death

Amber Alert issued for 2 small children who went missing in Farmer’s Branch

Winnsboro ISD names lone finalist for school district’s superintendent position

Mount Pleasant police chief steps down to take job with UT Arlington department