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

Man accused of kidnapping Van Zandt County girl for ransom now in Gregg County Jail

Marshall police arrest 5th in ‘planned fight’ that resulted in shooting death

Nacogdoches city, county issue voluntary mask-wearing proclamation

CVS expands COVID-19 testing at Lufkin, Carthage sites

Arrest affidavit alleges Van Zandt County girl kidnapped to Kentucky for ransom

Mount Pleasant board approves plan to allow employees to carry guns

Mount Pleasant ISD considering allowing employees to carry guns

Man killed after Lufkin police say reckless driving causes crash

Longtime Longview police officer dies of cancer

Angelina County woman who stole $30K from employer pleads guilty

Arrest document states Diboll man bought murder weapon from classifieds

2 from Kentucky arrested in Van Zandt County kidnapping case

7-Eleven taking over Kidd Jones convenience stores

State places Angelina County Jail on non-compliant list

Family of Lufkin Pilgrim’s Pride employee who died of COVID-19 suing company

Pedestrian killed in Rusk County Sunday wreck not identified

Pedestrian killed in wreck south of Henderson

US Steel idles East Texas plants; up to 600 affected

Raising Cane’s coming to Lufkin

East Texas officer, Good Samaritan save driver of truck hanging off bridge

Athens woman accused of ramming woman with car, killing unborn baby

Marshall man gets 14 years for burning house

Fisherman’s body recovered at Lake Fork

Harrison County GOP chair stands by post calling Floyd death ‘staged event’

Man accused of fleeing Mineola police, firing gun arrested

Harrison County grand jury indicts man on 6 child porn charges

Plea offer rejected in case of Westwood Shopping Center murder suspect

  State cites Smith County Jail for meals, exercise

Rusk man accused of driving drunk in 2018 fatal crash

Former Smith County jailer accused of sandwiching contraband connected to 9-member smuggling ring