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.
A Texarkana woman who served as the treasurer for a Bowie County high’s school’s dance team booster club and stole more than $60,000 from that organization pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge Thursday.
One of the suspects in a massive shipping operation involving the distribution of marijuana from California to Tyler was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication after he pleaded guilty to a felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge Monday.
Deputies with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in connection with allegations that they pulled a man out of his camper at gunpoint Wednesday morning before punching and kicking him to the point that it caused visible facial injuries.
On Friday, the Lufkin Police Department released video from officer’s body cameras and dashcams that showed officers rushing to save the driver of a tanker truck that drove off of a 40-foot flyover at the intersection of Loop 287 and U.S. Highway 59.
Deputies with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people during a raid on an apartment complex in Tyler Tuesday night. For one suspect, it was her second arrest for possession of meth in about a week.
A post on the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office stated that “tremendous progress” has been made in a joint investigation with the Bullard Police Department regarding two business burglaries that occurred last week.
On Wednesday, the Van Zandt County Pct. 2 Constable’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office joined forces to arrest the president of the county’s Humane Society in connection with allegations that she stole two blue heeler dogs from a man back in July.
At Wednesday’s Bullard ISD board meeting, the district’s superintendent announced his plan to retire early. Back in May, Todd Schneider, Bullard ISD’s superintendent, announced his plans to retire in June 2020.“The superintendent did announce early retirement tonight with board approval of his ear
A man who allegedly shot a woman before barricading himself in a home in Tawakoni was arrested after he confronted law enforcement officers while he had a hatchet in his hand, according to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.
The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman that picked up a package that contained iPhones and Airpods that were purchased from an account that was created using a man’s identity.