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.
Investigators with the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) arrested a 37-year-old Livingston man Thursday after a search of his home allegedly turned up a digital storage device containing child porn.
After Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 45-year-old homeless man for allegedly stealing mail out of mailboxes along U.S. Highway 59, he claimed that he was looking for a letter from President Donald Trump, according to an ACSO captain.
The winner of the 7th Annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award will be announced tonight, and Michael Coleman, KLTV’s sports director, stopped by the East Texas Now desk afternoon to give a quick preview of the ceremony and a rundown of the five college football players nominated for the award.
Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and a woman who broke into a home in a rural part of Tyler County back in November of 2019 and rummaged through it as if they were on a shopping trip.
After numerous Angelina County residents reported hearing a loud boom Saturday night, the sheriff’s office looked into the incident and found that someone had used an explosive called Tannerite to blow a large hole in Caver Road.
The Lufkin Police Department is urging the town’s residents to avoid the area near the Women’s Shelter Thrift Store near Walmart to keep traffic congestion at a minimum in the wake of a possible bomb threat.
“Live P.D.” on A&E will be airing information on a Nacogdoches County fugitive who is wanted on a continuous sexual assault of a child charge and has been on the run since 2018 this weekend, according to a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.
A mother and her daughter who live in the Gary community spoke to KLTV News about what they saw and heard early Tuesday morning when a Panola County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed while he was conducting a traffic stop.