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

Affidavit: Man killed deer at Polk County ranch, abandoned carcass

  WATCH: Tenaha ISD superintendent says start of 2020-2021 school year ‘mixed bag’

  WATCH: Lufkin ISD working to help students who struggled during 1st grading period

  WATCH: Pollard Theater Center director talks about upcoming play

  WATCH: Mineola ISD superintendent says school district’s COVID-19 safety protocols are working

3 Rusk County fire departments battle structure, grass fire on FM 1249

Trinity County sheriff: Motorcyclist led deputies on high-speed chase, played ‘chicken’ with patrol unit

Rusk County OEM: 4 people injured in 2-vehicle wreck involving pickup, 18-wheeler

1 person shot in ‘road rage’ incident at ATV park in Newton County

Body recovered after man drowns in private lake on Trinity County golf course

Brownsboro ISD: Students taken to hospital after ‘possible gas leak’ at football game have been released

3 arrested in connection with Nacogdoches church vandalism case

  Tyler ISD superintendent: Active COVID-19 cases are below 1 percent of district’s population

  San Augustine ISD superintendent talks about district doing all virtual learning 1st few weeks

Video shows man pull up pants, crawl through fence to escape Rusk County deputy

Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Office: Two people injured in Central Heights shooting incident

  Westbound side of I 20 near Smith, Gregg county line open again after multiple-vehicle wreck

Nacogdoches County investigators nab suspect in drive-by shootings, seize guns, drugs

  WATCH: White Oaks ISD getting back on track after COVID-19 caused campus closure

WATCH: Tyler ISD’s superintendent says TISD getting back to normal in very abnormal time

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigating suspicious death after woman’s body found in home

DPS releases names of pilot, passenger involved in Rusk County plane crash

Lufkin police investigating shooting incident at apartment complex that injured 1 person

DPS: Minivan hit hog on SH 31 between Brownsboro, Chandler, veered into parked pickup

2 adults, 3 children injured in two-vehicle wreck on SH 31 between Chandler, Brownsboro

Office of Emergency Management: Plane has crashed near Rusk County Airport

Game wardens: 20 people illegally harvested dozens of doves in 3 East Texas counties

  WATCH: 20 years of acting, stunt work broadened Athens native’s horizons

Nacogdoches County reports 14 COVID-19 deaths after changing reporting method

  WATCH: Lufkin ISD superintendent talks about first 5 days of school year