Gary Bass

Gary Bass grew up in Athens, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He played football for the Athens Hornets. He started his college career at Texas A&M University in College Station, and he finished up his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches in May of 1997. Shortly afterward, he started working as a staff writer for the Athens Review and the Cedar Creek Pilot. He covered the county and Cedar Creek Lake beats, but he also covered sports and filled in as sports editor on occasion. While there, he won numerous awards for news and column writing, and he covered the execution of the infamous Betty Beets. In 2000, he started working as a staff writer for the Lufkin Daily News in Lufkin, Texas. While there, he covered the business, education, and politics beats and was a co-winner of several awards. He also helped with the newspaper’s coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and did several interviews with death row inmates. Gary and his family moved to California in March of 2006, and he worked as a substitute teacher while he was there. Then in the summer of 2007, he and his family got the opportunity to move back to East Texas. Gary was very tempted to kiss the ground when the family’s two-car caravan crossed the New Mexico-Texas border. After he moved back to Texas, Gary enrolled in graduate school at SFA, where he earned his teaching certification and then graduated with a master’s degree in English in 2012. While he was in graduate school, Gary worked as an adjunct English instructor at Angelina College, a freelance magazine writer, and an employee at a barbecue restaurant. Gary started working as a web content producer for KTRE in September of 2012, and he moved up to work in the KLTV newsroom in December of 2018. Gary, who is a father of two children and a granddad, enjoys spending time with his family, working out, going to movies, reading, writing, and going to church when he is not working as a web content producer.

Recent Articles by Gary

2 people injured when pickup slams into back of 18-wheeler in Polk County wreck

Lufkin man agrees to plea deal of 14 years for fatal wreck that killed motorcyclist

Nacogdoches police: Man suffered severe burns after he set himself, trash cans on fire

Driver in one-vehicle wreck in Polk County charged with intoxicated assault

Nacogdoches police: Man crashed car into power pole after he fled from traffic stop

Lufkin Crime Stoppers: Washateria burglary has been solved; charges are pending

Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers asking public’s help in finding wanted fugitive

Jasper PD, Polk County Sheriff’s Office seeking help locating stolen 18-wheeler

Game warden: Man drowned in Neches River; woman survived by clinging to ATV 2 days

Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers asking for helping IDing suspects in theft of ATV, trailer

Kansas City amusement park takes Mahomes mania to new level

1 of 4 suspects in fatal Nacogdoches home invasion indicted on capital murder charge

Jasper police: Woman fled from traffic stop, wrecked her SUV in swimming pool

Sheriff: Jasper County boy fired gunshots into ground to protect mother

Sheriff’s office asking for help IDing suspect or suspects in Goodrich bowling alley burglary

Angelina County sheriff: Neighborhood watch member helped deputies locate, arrest burglary suspects

Nacogdoches police: Man shot in leg; detectives working to ID suspect

Federal grand jury indicts man accused of robbing Livingston bank

Man wanted on outstanding Polk County warrants arrested after two-county car chase

Nacogdoches police: 19-year-old man shot in face