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

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

Tyler police waiting on autopsy results for man found dead with multiple gunshot wounds

Gregg County authorities asking for help IDing man who allegedly used stolen credit cards

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office asking public’s help in finding a runaway teen

Tyler police: Westbound traffic will be blocked on Spur 364 for fireworks show

  Viral ice cream-licking video occurred in Lufkin store; police request public’s help identifying pair

Rangers investigating officer-involved shooting incident that occurred during Harrison County drug raid

DPS: Car struck, killed pedestrian on State Highway 31 west of Athens

Affidavit: Nacogdoches County homeowner helps disarm machete-wielding burglary suspect

Longview business parks getting hit with illegal dumping, vandalism

  Beloved Winnsboro city council member, community leader found dead

Athens police release name of man killed in fiery wreck involving two 18-wheelers

OSHA fines Tyler steel business where man died in industrial accident $9,282

  VIDEO: 2-vehicle collision near Seven Points gas station resulted in fire, explosion

  Judge sets execution date for man who shot, killed 2 Henderson County deputies

Kaufman County constable dies of massive heart attack while on duty

Longview police arrest 2 women on aggravated robbery charges

DPS adds man with ties to Bowie County to 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list

VIDEO: Texas police find four-footed bandit after homeowner reports burglary

Texas Rangers investigating death of Henderson County disturbance suspect

Henderson County grand jury indicts man accused of shooting, killing girlfriend

Kilgore Bulldogs headed to state baseball tournament

Smith County grand jury indicts known gang member on aggravated assault charges

Smith County grand jury indicts man accused of slashing co-worker’s throat

  Tyler man agrees to 6-year prison sentence for online solicitation of a minor

  COWGIRL: Texas student rides cow to high school on last day of class

Henderson County fire crews battle 2 structure fires, rescue kayaker at same scene

Former Greg County GOP chair admits to using loan documents with forged signatures to obtain $145K