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

Tyler cancer center nurse tests positive for COVID-19

Henderson police name suspect at-large in shooting death

  Nacogdoches County reports first positive COVID-19 case

Statewide coronavirus death toll climbs to 8

OSHA levies $48K fine in connection with Henderson County oil site fire

State agency reports 2nd coronavirus-related death in Texas

Former gymnastics coach hopes Sylvia Keiter’s legacy will live on

NET Health confirms UT Health Science Center in Tyler will be coronavirus test site

OSHA levies fine against Tyler Pipe in connection with forklift accident

Harrison County Jail removed from state’s non-compliant list


Longview police investigate shooting injury of 4-year-old

Mabank duo accused of stealing $70K worth of scratch-offs

East Texas Rep. Gohmert votes against hate-crime bill, states sentence isn’t harsh enough

Affidavit: Murder suspect claims self-defense in strip-club stabbing

  WATCH NOW: Interview with 84-year-old woman who sank 94-foot putt to win new car

  Drugmaker ships potential coronavirus vaccine to government for testing

McDonald’s construction planned south of I-20 in Longview

  Tyler man shot by officer gets 11 years on drug charges

Raid on Hallsville woman’s apartment leads to counterfeit arrest

Longview woman accused of burning relative’s vehicle

Longview police arrested man accused of making email threats to Pine Tree ISD

Judge dismisses remaining charges against former Wood County sheriff, chief deputy

State investigators report: No evidence of arson in Van Zandt County church fire

State office rules fire which killed Anderson County woman undetermined

Frontier discontinuing operations at Tyler airport

Eustace man who hit man with truck found guilty of murder, sentenced to 30 years

  WATCH: Teen-aged Patrick Mahomes once predicted 49ers to win Super Bowl

Grand Saline man gets 35 years for shooting death

Panda Express planning on expansion to Athens