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.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 40-year-old man in connection with allegations that he and two other suspects tried to cut into an ATM at a Chireno bank and then fled from police.
A visiting judge sentenced a former Polk County constable to 10 years of deferred adjudication Monday after he pleaded guilty to trying to influence a witness during a Texas Rangers investigation into allegations that he had allowed family members to use his county gas card.
A Tyler County man who was recently arrested and indicted in connection to the 1988 death of Patricia Ann Jacobs was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted on two unrelated charges Tuesday.
Lufkin Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who allegedly stole a backpack containing a laptop computer and a textbook titled “Crime in America” from the Angelina College women’s basketball locker room.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 26-year-old man Friday night after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop, led law enforcement on a low-speed chase, and then ran on foot.
On Friday, the Lufkin Police Department released video from officer’s body cameras and dashcams that showed officers rushing to save the driver of a tanker truck that drove off of a 40-foot flyover at the intersection of Loop 287 and U.S. Highway 59.