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

Former Packers GM, Atlanta Jackrabbit Ted Thompson dead at 68

COVID-19 rate at 17%, 38 days above threshold for Tyler/Longview-area hospitals

  Cherokee County sheriff releases ID of man shot by deputy

Marshall woman killed in head-on collision

  Lufkin police release video from high-speed chase

State removes Shelby County Jail from non-compliant list

State removes Hopkins County Jail from non-compliant list

  Tyler newspaper editor says photo caption of Trump protesters was unauthorized

Federal judge dismisses Gohmert lawsuit to stop Biden presidency

East Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations remain above 15% for 16th day

Henderson County balks at neighboring county’s surrender of land

Lufkin, Tyler High, Whitehouse schools up for magazine honor

State reports under 10K COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools for week

Tyler/Longview-area hospitals cross 15-percent mark of COVID-19 cases for 4th-straight day

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations dip below 15 percent for 1st time in 9 days

Tyler/Longview-area hospitals cross 15-percent mark of COVID-19 cases for 3rd-straight day

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations above 15 percent for 9th-straight day

Wood County man pleads guilty in drunk-driving death of 8-year-old daughter

Woman accused of setting fire near Longview church

Tyler/Longview-area hospitals cross 15-percent mark of COVID-19 cases for 2nd-straight day

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations above 15 percent for 8th-straight day

Countdown begins as Tyler/Longview-area hospitals cross 15 percent mark of COVID-19 cases

Deep East Texas counties placed on rollback list after hitting 15% threshold for 7th-straight day

  Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate above reopening threshold for 6th-straight day

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate above reopening threshold for 3rd-straight day

Longview motorcyclist accused of driving drunk, killing passenger

Lufkin police looking for attempted instrument thief

Smith County authorities: Murder suspect rammed trailer with ex-girlfriend, man inside

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

Federal agency releases preliminary report on crash-landing at Angelina Airport