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

Nacogdoches County Catholic churches cancel public masses after priest exposed to COVID-19

WATCH: Surveillance video captures 2 burglars pillaging Lufkin home

State Rep. Ashby urges governor to waive STAAR requirements for upcoming year

DPS issues Amber Alert for missing 2-year-old girl considered endangered

Numerous East Texas counties dealing with power outages after storm hits area

8-year-old girl among 3 killed in Harrison County wreck

5th suspect in 2019 Sulphur Springs home-invasion robbery now in custody

  WATCH: Longview celebrates Fourth of July with Fireworks and Freedom event

76-year woman dies in 1-vehicle crash on FM 852 in Wood County

4 people killed in 2-vehicle head-on collision on Hwy 271 in Titus County

31-year-old Longview man dies in 1-vehicle rollover wreck in Harrison County

Smith County deputies arrest suspect in double homicide that occurred on Hwy 110

  Where East Texas counties stand on enforcement of Gov. Abbott’s face-mask order

‘High-risk operation’ by multiple East Texas law enforcement agencies results in 1 arrest

  Gov. Abbott issues statewide mask requirement

  Longview man charged with murder in connection with man found dead in Eighth St. home

Henderson authorities searching for person who fled traffic stop

Nacogdoches mayor: City council has named lone finalist for city manager position

Texas Rangers, Wood County Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide that occurred near Quitman

TABC suspends license of Longview bar for violating governor’s order

Northeast Texas school district will change fight song, paint over Confederate soldier image

3 arrested, 1 at-large following Lufkin drive-by shooting

Marshall police arrest 4 suspects in ‘planned fight’ that resulted in shooting death

Suspected meth, heroin dealer found hiding in Chandler attic

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office asking for public’s help finding missing 36-year-old woman

Gov. Abbott says recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Texas is ‘unacceptable’

19-year-old dies in 2-vehicle wreck on SH 7 in Nacogdoches County

Gov. Abbott set to give update on Texas’ response to COVID-19 pandemic

Lufkin police release names of people involved in 3-vehicle fatal wreck on Pershing

  2 police officers suffered minor injuries while detaining suspect at Tyler hotel; suspect IDed