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

Newton County Sheriff’s Office: 1 person in custody in connection with stabbing death

  DPS releases identity of man killed in Cherokee County plane crash

44-year-old Joaquin man dies after truck leaves road, hits tree

Tip leads to Livingston man’s arrest on child porn charge

Man arrested near Lufkin on mail theft charges allegedly looking for letter from President Trump

NWS: EF-1 tornado hit Pollok; Alto damage caused by straight-line winds

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office releases name of man found in submerged truck

ETN: KLTV sports director previews 2020 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose award ceremony

DPS: Highway worker hit by vehicle on SH 63 airlifted to Tyler hospital

Lufkin police: 2 men stole catalytic converter from church van

Crime Stoppers: Tyler County burglary suspects rummaged through house ‘as if shopping’

Caddo Lake State Park re-opens to public after storm damage causes closure

2 men injured in shooting incident at Nacogdoches mobile home park

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigating explosion that damaged Caver Rd.

Nacogdoches police arrest 2 of 3 suspects in armed robbery at basketball court

ETN interview: Game show fan discusses 2nd match of ‘Jeopardy!’ GOAT tournament

Police: Investigation reveals car was in race when it hit, killed Lufkin woman on New Year’s Eve

Lufkin woman pleads guilty to stealing $69,710 worth of checks from business

Sheriff: Mother of missing 3-year-old turns child over to deputies at attorney’s office

  Lufkin Police: No bomb found inside backpack of man who claimed to have one

East Texas Now: Game show enthusiast discusses upcoming ‘Jeopardy!’ GOAT tournament

A&E show to air story about Nacogdoches County child sexual assault fugitive

Nacogdoches police: Man fled traffic stop, tossed evidence out window

  Lufkin police: Burglars broke into Target, stole $5K worth of electronics

Funeral services set for fallen Panola County sheriff’s deputy

Retired Polk County Sheriff’s Office K-9 dies after bout with cancer

WEBXTRA: Gary residents speak about fatal Panola County shooting incident

Jasper police: 11-year-old boy will be charged for false 911 text

Lufkin Police Department: Woman stabbed boyfriend in back, chest during argument

15-year-old Buna boy dies after Christmas Day shooting incident