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

3 arrested in connection with Nacogdoches church vandalism case

San Augustine ISD superintendent talks about district doing all virtual learning 1st few weeks

Video shows man pull up pants, crawl through fence to escape Rusk County deputy

Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Office: Two people injured in Central Heights shooting incident

Nacogdoches County investigators nab suspect in drive-by shootings, seize guns, drugs

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigating suspicious death after woman’s body found in home

  Lufkin police investigating shooting incident at apartment complex that injured 1 person

Game wardens: 20 people illegally harvested dozens of doves in 3 East Texas counties

  WATCH: 20 years of acting, stunt work broadened Athens native’s horizons

Nacogdoches County reports 14 COVID-19 deaths after changing reporting method

WATCH: Lufkin ISD superintendent talks about first 5 days of school year

West Sabine ISD cancels class for Tuesday due to power outages

County, state law enforcement agencies looking for escaped Tyler County Jail inmate

3 bodies discovered in Polk County home after welfare check; homicide investigation ongoing

West Sabine ISD cancels class for Monday because of ongoing power outages

Hemphill ISD to remain closed until at least Sept. 8 due to hurricane damage

Sabine County authorities release name of man killed after tree fell on home

  WATCH: Lufkin ISD superintendent says biggest first-day challenge was broken water line

Jasper County judge issues mandatory evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Laura landfall

  WATCH: Livingston ISD superintendent says biggest challenge is adjusting to new safety protocols

  Lufkin police officers arrest 3 armed robbery suspects after short vehicle pursuit

  1 suspect suffers gunshot wounds during overnight standoff in Newton County

Suspect in Hudson home invasion flees after resident wrestles gun away from him

Houston County law enforcement agencies searching for suspects in Grapeland ATM burglary

Nacodoches County deputies arrest burglary suspect wanted on 9 felony charges

Nacogdoches man out on bond arrested in connection with burglary in Shreveport

Pilgrim’s Pride investing in several East Texas cities for COVID-19 response

Livingston police: Suspect who robbed convenience store at gunpoint found at another store

  Worker who died at Lufkin High School construction site identified; investigation underway

San Augustine ISD opts to go all virtual for first 4 weeks