Gary Bass

Digital Content Producer

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

Pedestrian dies after Jasper hit-and-run incident; suspect now in custody

Lufkin police urge drivers to be cautious after ice-related rollover wreck on Raguet St.

TSA including Angelina, Nacogdoches counties remains above 15 percent hospitalization rate 21 days

2nd victim in Livingston shooting incident dies; 3 suspects now in custody

More than 75,000 East Texas homes are experiencing power outages in wake of winter storm

DPS: Multiple child porn images found on Lufkin man’s cell phone

Deep East Texas hospitalization rate above 15 percent 19 days in row

Polk County Sheriff’s Office asking for public’s help finding missing elderly man with dementia

Pittsburg mayor: “We have overwhelmed our healthcare system”

Broaddus man wins 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing season opener on Sam Rayburn

  Smith County sheriff identifies pastor killed, suspect in church shooting

  Sheriff’s Office releases name of pastor killed, suspect in shooting incident at Starrville church

Deep East Texas TSA’s hospitalization rate remains above 15 percent 13 days

Deep East Texas TSA’s hospitalization rate above 15 percent 12 days straight

U.S. Rep. Gohmert says he was not advocating violence in interview about election lawsuit

Hudson firefighters battle house fire on Buddy Street

Hudson police: Male suspect in New Year’s Eve robbery, shooting in custody

  Former interim Nacogdoches County Chamber president, community leader dies

Deep East Texas TSA’s hospitalization rate above 15 percent 5th day in row

Grapevine police: ‘No credible threats found’ after threats made against Great Wolf Lodge

Deep East Texas TSA’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate remains above 15 percent

Deep East Texas TSA resets to Day 1 after spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations remain under 15 percent 4th day in row

Lufkin police identify victim in fatal shooting incident on Allen Drive

  Nacogdoches police investigating after man with apparent gunshot wound found dead in garage

Deep East Texas hospitalizations remain below 15-percent threshold 3rd day in row

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations stay below 15-percent mark 2nd day

East Texas hospitals, clinics, health districts, pharmacies to get COVID-19 vaccines in Week 2

DA’s Office: Polk County ‘secret shopper’ scam collects $42K in gift cards

  Art Briles resigns as Mount Vernon football coach