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

Affidavit: Livingston woman published nude photos of another woman on social media

Flying in from NYC? Gov Abbott says you must now self-quarantine

ETN: A college twirler is using her talents to spread joy at Tyler assisted-living facility

Dallas County judge issues ‘shelter-at-home’ order to slow spread of COVID-19

Texas Gov. Abbott says he has no plans of issuing statewide ‘shelter-in-place’ order

City of Lufkin: Disaster declaration ban on gatherings of 10 or more includes churches

  Multiple-county chase ends in Angelina County, suspect now in custody

  Texas governor issues order banning restaurant dining, closing gyms

Gov. Greg Abbott confirms 3rd Texas coronavirus death at press conference

Tyler County Sheriff’s Office: Man arrested for alleged bogus post about confirmed COVID-19 case

  Angelina County commissioners table disaster declaration

ETN Interview: KLTV staffers discuss economic impact of COVID-19

Gov. Abbott activates Texas National Guard to help with COVID-19 response

Trinity ISD extends school district’s spring break until March 20

  Southland Conference cancels the remainder of its championship basketball tournament

Indictment: Nacogdoches man used gun to rob man, woman in their home

Tyler County Sheriff’s Office: 1 of 3 men who tried to steal ATM in custody

Affidavit: Nacogdoches man used piece of lumber to assault victim, causing injuries

  Lufkin Crime Stoppers: Surveilance video shows woman stealing from Academy store

Amber Alert issued for 2 small children who went missing in Farmer’s Branch

Lufkin police: Woman fled on foot after she stole car, led authorities on chase

  Suspects identified in Hudson VFD burglary in custody

DPS: 2 people killed in two-vehicle wreck involving 18-wheeler near Leggett

Polk County Sheriff’s Office: Man brandished pistol, machete during convenience store robbery

17-year-old Joaquin resident charged with negligent homicide in connection with shooting death

Crime Stoppers: Man stole inventory locating device valued at $1.5K from Lufkin Academy store

Italian restaurant set to go in at old Ray’s Drive-In West location in Lufkin

  Nacogdoches police: Woman arrested in connection to hit-and-run auto-pedestrian incident

  Audit reveals rampant admissions violations, cheating at Livingston HS Academy

  Kevon Harris closing in on SFA men’s basketball scoring record