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

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

6 Mineola residents arrested on illegal hunting charges following game warden investigation

Tyler police: Brothers’ fight leads to shooting death of dog

  Affidavit: Tyler woman tampered with father’s will

Downtown Tyler purse-snatcher gets 12-year prison sentence

  Brookshire’s reaches $10K settlement with OSHA following investigation into warehouse death

  Tyler woman pleads guilty in connection with daycare abuse

Great Texas Balloon Race officials move event date to June

  Longview police: Man wanted in woman’s death arrested after shootout with officers

Affidavit: ‘Overwhelmed’ woman steals over $300K from Mount Pleasant law firm over 7-year period

Fort Worth man pleads guilty to trying to pass fake payroll check in Tyler

State removes Camp County Jail from non-compliant list

  Judge sentences Quitman man to 15 years for child porn videos

Marshall firefighters discover 31 pounds of marijuana at scene of wreck

Affidavit: Tyler man admitted to chasing, stabbing murder victim

Traffic diverted on Old Jacksonville Highway following multiple-vehicle wreck

  Gladewater native returns home to start soul food restaurant

  Longview fire official taking over White Oak volunteer department

  Tyler steel business settles on fine in connection with fatal industrial accident

JP releases ID of man found dead in Lake Cypress Springs

Tennessee man gets 6 years prison for killing Kilgore woman in drunk-driving wreck

  OSHA levies $26K fine against Brookshire’s in connection with March warehouse death; company to contest citations

  Longview massage parlor avoids citation, gets warning for no license

  Harrison County employee arrested in connection with missing money from Treasurer’s Office

Man’s body found in Lake Cypress Springs