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

Woman dies in 1-vehicle rollover wreck near Lufkin’s Kit McConnico Park entrance

19-year-old woman dies in 1-vehicle wreck on FM 83 in Sabine County

Thousands of Texans without power after Friday night’s storms

Citing allegations of abuse, Gov. Abbott urges VP Harris to close minors facility

Nacogdoches County Jail found non-compliant for prescription distribution, restraint checks

15-year-old girl dies in ATV rollover accident in Trinity County

Longview’s CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center set to receive 5,850 Pfizer doses in Week 17

San Augustine County, CHI Hopsital to host vaccination clinic Wednesday

14-year-old girl last seen in Point found safe, suspect arrested

State Rep. White looks to recognize Colmesneil WWII vet who died last week

Lufkin Police Department releases name of man shot, killed at apartment complex

NWS survey teams report EF-2, EF-1 tornadoes hit Cherokee County

Crews working to restore power to more than 2,000 East Texans

  Storm damage reported in counties of Cherokee, Rusk

Longview’s CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center will get 5,850 Pfizer vaccines in Week 16

Affidavit: Crockett woman helped boyfriend dispose of missing woman’s body, bloody TV tray

Suspect in custody after high-speed chase through Van Zandt County ends in crash

Tyler County Sheriff’s Office investigating fatal shooting at party near Spurger

Lufkin police: Man allegedly set grass fire to keep himself ‘out of trouble’

  East Texas VeraBank customers report difficulties in using debit cards, accessing accounts

Trinity County game warden, K9 track down deer hunters who allegedly baited slough

TPWD game warden helps Polk County deputy nab man driving stolen ATV

Travelers from Athens, Texas, unharmed after lightning strikes pickup

Huntsville police arrest 1 of 4 suspects in Crockett burglary

Lufkin’s Ellen Trout Zoo set to re-open Monday morning

Man allegedly resists arrest, spits in Lufkin PD officer’s face

Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Willie Nelson among lineup for McConaughey concert

Dallas Cowboys re-sign QB Dak Prescott with 4-year deal worth $160 M

Deep East Texas health care providers launch website to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines

2 people injured in 3 Newton County crashes involving 4 motorcycles