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.
Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man and a woman on numerous charges on April 27 after they responded to a 911 call about a disturbance and an attempted arson incident at an address in the Taylor Lake subdivision.
When Gun Barrel City police officers went to arrest a man who had allegedly pointed a rifle at five people on Luther Lane, they executed a search warrant for the gun and found large quantities of heroin and meth, along with evidence that he had been making fraudulent credit cards, according to a pre
Two people were arrested after a shooting incident that occurred near Overton Saturday night, and charges are pending against the alleged shooter, who is currently in a Kilgore hospital, according to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.
A Breckenridge resident died as a result of cardiac arrest after the individual was stung multiple times by aggressive bees Monday afternoon. A woman at the scene was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Deputies with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two brothers Saturday in connection with allegations that they sexually assaulted and beat a woman they did drugs with over the course of several days.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 23-year-old man Monday in connection with allegations that he harbored a 13-year-old runaway girl at his home and sexually assaulted her multiple times.
An autopsy performed on the body of a 21-year-old Tyler man that was found on Jan. 12 after he had been missing six days ruled that his main cause of death was hypothermia, according to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.
During an arraignment hearing for the suspect in the shooting death of a Starrville pastor, the Texas Department of Public Safety lab requested a court listing what the state and the defense want to be DNA tested.
Officers with the Tyler Police Department rescued a 13-year-old Alabama girl from a home in the 3600 block of Woods Boulevard Saturday after TPD received word from the FBI that a kidnapping victim might be at that location.