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.
Because of the high number of absences due to illness, Elysian Fields ISD’s administration has decided to cancel school at all of its campuses Friday, according to a post on the school district’s Facebook page.
The winner of the 7th Annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award will be announced tonight, and Michael Coleman, KLTV’s sports director, stopped by the East Texas Now desk afternoon to give a quick preview of the ceremony and a rundown of the five college football players nominated for the award.
Two guests spoke to East Texas Now Monday morning about an upcoming launch party and concert featuring Christian artist Blanca to celebrate the start of a new Hispanic Christian radio station here in East Texas.
A jail inmate died after she was found unresponsive in her cell back in November, and an autopsy listed her cause of death as an “accident,” according to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office. The publicist office of actor Gary Busey confirmed the woman is the ex-wife of the actor.
A Wood County district judge has dismissed two felony abuse of official capacity charges that were filed against former Sheriff James “Jim” Arthur Brown in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on his property in November 2015.
A fatal shooting incident occurred at a New Year's Eve party after the man who was killed allegedly made threats to kill attendees and brandished a handgun when he entered a house, according to the Canton Police Department.
A mother and her daughter who live in the Gary community spoke to KLTV News about what they saw and heard early Tuesday morning when a Panola County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed while he was conducting a traffic stop.