Jeff Awtrey

Jeff Awtrey

KLTV 7/KTRE 9 Planning Assignments Editor

Jeff Awtrey has worked for KLTV and KTRE since 2009. He has been in East Texas media since 2000 with a previous background in newspaper.

Jeff was born in Oklahoma and lived a part of his childhood in Hawaii before his family moved to Nacogdoches, Texas. After graduating from Nacogdoches, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a degree in journalism.

Among Jeff’s career highlights are his part in covering Hurricanes Rita and Ike, the space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the film Charlie Wilson’s War and the Lufkin Little League All-Stars march to a national championship in 2017.

After a call to serve God, Jeff attended a mission trip to Haiti in 2012. He and his wife then participated in three more trips and took part in a team which distributed Bibles they were able to purchase through a fundraising effort in the states.

Jeff is the creator and organizer of the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown, an all-star basketball game which pits the top seniors of Angelina County against the top seniors of Nacogdoches County. Proceeds from the game go to a charity of the winning team's choice. The game has now been held for 10 years.

Jeff loves pro wrestling, SFA basketball and, above all, his Houston Astros. In fact, Jeff even proposed to his wife during an Astros game before an audience at Minute Maid Park.

Jeff and his wife, Cheryl, have three children, Adam, Emily and Anna.

As digital assignments manager, Jeff is responsible for managing the website, news apps, niche apps and social media for KLTV and KTRE.


Recent Articles by Jeff

President Trump tweets about flags in Lufkin trees

Report: National Guard sending troops to Texas cities for support after election

  Chandler man arrested following head-on wreck that killed couple, unborn baby

Tyler man accused of hitting disabled man with shoe appears in court

Voter info: All contested East Texas races

Virginia woman killed while crossing US 259 near Nacogdoches

Tyler man accused of striking, throwing 7-year-old

  Bullard special needs student crowned homecoming queen

Multiple vehicles involved in wreck on Toll 49

Tyler ISD ending remote learning option

All Saints cancels next 2 games due to COVID-19 case

Whitehouse man accused in stabbing death rejects 50-year plea

Search continues as Amber Alert discontinued for Wells baby

Deep East Texas ends streak of 15% COVID-19 cases in hospitals

COVID-19 cases at Texas schools level off

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate above 15% for 4th-straight day

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate above 15% for 3rd-straight day

Smith County Jail removed from state’s non-compliant list

State releases district-level COVID-19 data for public school districts

Over 1,800 COVID-19 cases reported across Texas schools

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate rises above reopening threshold

Police: Kilgore man hospitalized after failed robbery attempt

Gilmer man accused of sharing nude videos of young girl

Nearly 1,800 COVID-19 cases reported across Texas schools

Flint woman involved in kidnapping-for-ransom scheme pleads not guilty

Man accused in Smith County convenience store murder wants a trial

Trial date pushed to spring for Whitehouse man accused of killing 2

Investigation into 3 deaths at Polk County home reveals son attacked parents

Plea deal offered to Whitehouse man accused in stabbing death

Van Zandt County man accused in kidnapping-for-ransom scheme makes court appearance