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.
Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department have arrested a juvenile suspect who tried to rob a man at gunpoint in the Eastwood Terrace subdivision Monday afternoon and then shot at the victim as he fled in his vehicle.
Acting on a tip, investigators with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, located a man with outstanding warrants for evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest, burglary of a vehicle and theft of a firearm Thursday and arrested him.
Law enforcement officers in Harris County arrested a man with outstanding warrants from Angelina and Polk counties Wednesday night. The warrants were for sexual assault of a child and burglary of a habitation.
The Crockett Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects who broke into a convenience store on East Houston Avenue in the early morning hours of Oct. 25 and stole items from the store.
Authorities are still looking for a pastor who is wanted in connection with allegations that he sexually assaulted a child more than 50 times from 2004 to 2005, according to a post on the Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers Facebook page.
Officers with the Trinity Police Department arrested a 39-year-old man on a murder charge after a check into a report of a burned and abandoned vehicle turned into an investigation into a 41-year-old man’s death.