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 planning assignments manager, Jeff is responsible for lining up future coverage for days, weeks and months ahead. If you have an event you would like to share, or any kind of story idea at all, you can reach out to him.


Recent Articles by Jeff

Whitehouse City Council selects 5 to interview for police chief position

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet moving into Longview Toys R Us building

Appeals court denies pre-trial appeal for Whitehouse man accused of murder

Jacksonville City Council approves bid on mobile restroom

Wood County sheriff: Man accused of breaking into woman’s home, sexually assaulting her

Henderson school board member accused of having opponent’s truck damaged, campaign signs stolen

  County eyes Tyler ISD ag farm for road and bridge facility

Gregg County Sheriff’s Office identifies deputy, burglary suspect in officer-involved shooting

DPS releases ID of woman killed after hitting ambulance in Wood County

No mor chikin: Troup Highway Chick-fil-A closing for renovation, expansion

Federal indictment: Jacksonville man threatened shooting spree due to employer mistreatment

Report: Gladewater man died after running red light, crashing into rig

Duck ordinance unanimously flies through Mount Vernon city council

Grand jury indicts Flint man for drunk-driving death

Tyler woman starting family meals to-go business

Affidavit: Athens bank employee skimmed $75K from client

Smith County deputies arrest man who fled assault call

  Pizza Hut coming to Diboll

  2 hospitalized after Henderson County petroleum site fire

Quitman man indicted in fatal rear-end crash

Longview massage parlor to pay $2,500 fine for insufficient records

Elliott: ‘I believe I’m the best.’

Affidavit: Fingerprint match leads to arrest in robbery of Lufkin Whataburger

Former TK Gorman coach accused of breaking into UT-Tyler student’s dorm pleads guilty

Longhorn Steakhouse coming to Tyler

Troup store clerk accused of stealing $1,500 worth of scratch-offs

Jury finds Brownsboro man accused of school threat not guilty

State issues 2 warnings for unlicensed massage therapists in Longview

Louisiana chef opening Cajun restaurant in Lufkin

Judge sentences Longview woman to 330 days in jail in toddler’s 2018 shooting death