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

Judge sets new execution date for man convicted of killing two Henderson County deputies

  Harrison County Sheriff’s Office releases name of man killed in officer-involved shooting incident

Tyler police arrive at scene to find man holding sex assault suspect at gunpoint

Tyler woman accused of bilking wedding venue out of thousands of dollars pleads guilty

Troup woman gets deferred adjudication for stealing $1,500 worth of scratch-offs

Jacksonville man who threatened shooting spree pleads guilty in federal court

  Tyler mayor on Harvey Hall: ‘We’ve aggressively cleaned this building to where there’s no issue’

Tyler man accused of having thousands of child porn images now faces federal charge

Lufkin Wendy’s employee robbed at gunpoint

Police: Tyler man found with cocaine, stolen checks, mail in stolen vehicle

DPS IDs Cushing, Reklaw victims in Wednesday fatal crash

3 reported dead in wreck on 204 near Jacksonville

UT Health nurse who stole medication gets deferred adjudication

DPS releases ID of Flint man killed in wreck on US 69

  Gilmer, Texas, seeks federal help getting rid of 100-plus roosting buzzards

Trinity County sheriff showcases arrest, drug seizure on social media

Henderson woman accused of posing as nurse, treating patients pleads guilty

Plane flips over on takeoff at Tyler airport

3 arrested after man found dead in Anderson County

Lufkin ISD releases information on playoff tickets

Wills Point police release names involved in stolen police vehicle chase

OSHA fines Luminant $47,000 following Stryker Creek electrocution

Marshall man arrested in connection with traffic deaths of 2 high school students

Gladewater police: Man nabbed in chase caught with drugs, cash

Grand jury indicts former clerk at Henderson County justice of the peace office

  Henderson County grand jury indicts man accused of shooting deputy

Texas House Speaker announces he won’t seek re-election after audio scandal

Chick-Fil-A coming to ETBU campus

Arrest document: Tyler man caught with nearly 20K child porn images on phone

Whitehouse City Council selects 5 to interview for police chief position