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.
The Lufkin Police Department is citizens who use credit or debit cards to use caution after skimmers were found at two convenience stores. The skimmers were found on store checkout counter card readers near the registers.
A Polk County jury found a man guilty of assault of a public servant Tuesday in connection with a July 2016 incident in which the man kicked an Onalaska police officer in the groin during a welfare check.
A Tyler County jury sentenced a man to 17 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for possession of a controlled substance in connection with a November 2018 traffic stop in which 14 grams of meth was found in his vehicle.
A medical helicopter transported a man to a Shreveport hospital after he was ejected from a dump truck that rolled over in Shelby County Friday morning.According to a press release, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to and investigated a one-vehicle rollover wreck that occurred o
A detective with the Jasper Police Department has identified a suspect in an incident in which the driver of a vehicle crashed into a building in the Sweetbriar Hill Apartments complex on Martin Luther King Boulevard and then fled the scene.
One of the pickups stolen in the Lake Rayburn area north of Jasper turned up near San Antonio Tuesday, and the driver wrecked it during a pursuit by the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who spotted the truck.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 39-year-old man Wednesday in connection to allegations that he walked into the Law Enforcement Center and claimed that he was a Texas Ranger.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20-year-old-man Wednesday night after he allegedly broke into a home on County Road 521 and used a machete to attack the person who found him hiding in a bathroom.
Onalaska police officers arrested a 28-year-old man after he allegedly ran from law enforcement during a warrant service visit and then kicked an officer in the nose, chin, and chest when they tried to arrest him.