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

  Police identify suspect in fire at Nacogdoches Walmart; store closed due to damage

Governor signs East Texas legislator’s bill removing limit on Texas school marshals

  Former Sabine ISD teacher’s aide arrested on allegation of inappropriate relationship with student

Deputies arrest Quitman man accused of participating in robbery, shooting

  Kilgore KFC murderer denied parole

  Family identifies boy who died in hit-and-run accident involving boat on Lake Palestine

Dallas man pleads guilty to robbing Texas College student with BB gun

  Governor signs East Texas senator’s bill allowing feral hog kills without license

  Henderson County gaming room bust nets 1 arrest

Development next to approved Genecov project planned in South Tyler

Governor signs Clardy’s bill to help military personnel gain law enforcement certificates easier

Oklahoma-based breakfast restaurant Jimmy’s Egg gets permit to build in Tyler

  Sheriff’s office identifies suspect, victim in Monday morning Smith County shooting

State finds Camp County Jail non-compliant for sally port, observation logs

East Texas senator’s bill allowing feral hog kills without a license OK’d in both Texas houses

  Arrest affidavit alleges history of disputes between suspect, victim in Smith County Mother’s Day murder

US Marshals track down Cherokee County kidnapping suspect at-large for over a month

Broadway Square Mall confirms Dick’s Sporting Goods, HomeGoods, Party City on way

Jacksonville ISD bus wrecks into tree in Cherokee County

Cherokee County man starts 3-year prison sentence for 2016 shooting death

  86-acre development planned across from Village at Cumberland Park

Tyler man accused of driving intoxicated in fatal March crash

Mabank man accused of using missing elderly man’s debit card 19 times

Officials identify man electrocuted at Stryker Creek power plant

Affidavit: Tyler man caught with hundreds of child porn images on phone

State finds Smith County Jail non-compliant for lack of inmate exercise

Hallsville woman gets 5 years for kidnapping in connection to double homicide

City council approves Longview indoor golf center

Dallas woman charged in 2014 Longview shooting death

Caretaker accused of stealing $162K worth of items from Winnsboro woman