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

U.S. Attorney’s Office: Texarkana woman pleads guilty to stealing $60K from booster club

  Tyler police: No evidence found of gunshot victim or discharged weapon at Walmart on Hwy 64

26-year-old man dies in 1-vehicle rollover wreck in Panola County

City of Overton cancels boil-water notice

  Fallen Nacogdoches County sheriff’s deputy, injured Trinity County deputy to be honored at Austin ceremony

Man involved in massive California to Tyler marijuana shipping operation gets 2 years deferred

Smith County deputies arrest two men who punched, kicked victim at gunpoint

Sulphur Springs police asking for information in brutal animal cruelty cases

Longview fire crews respond to 3 different fires possibly sparked by lightning

Bodycam video shows police rescuing truck driver after rig falls off overpass

Henderson County sheriff’s deputies arrest 4 during Tyler drug raid

Sheriff’s Office asks for public’s help in ID-ing suspects in burglary at Douglass store

VIDEO: Crockett police dashcam shows vehicle involved in chase crashing into patrol unit

  New Tyler Junior College athletic director looks to the future

Concrete truck driver allegedly drove into oncoming traffic, later arrested for DWI

  Constable: President of Van Zandt County Humane Society stole 2 dogs

Bullard ISD superintendent announces early retirement

Good dog! Lufkin police officers credit dog with helping them catch robbery suspect

Bowie County registered sex offender arrested for allegedly peeking into child’s window

Grand Saline’s Van Zandt Regional Medical Center closes

Tyler Police Department investigating break-in at Taco Bell on Gentry

  City of Tyler gets ready to host its annual back-to-school supply giveaway

Hunt County Sheriff’s Office: Suspect in shooting had hatchet when he confronted officers

  Multiple agencies serve illegal gambling warrants at several East Texas locations

Kilgore police: Traffic is backed up because of multi-vehicle wreck on I-20 East

  Former Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo will play in Texas State Open golf tournament

Rusk County Sheriff’s Office: Please help us ID woman in identity theft case

Henderson County sheriff announces plans to run for re-election

  U.S. Army: East Texan who served with 101st Airborne killed in TN wreck

  Patrick Mahomes’ brother delivers donated Adidas sneakers to Whitehouse ISD students