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

Where East Texas counties stand on enforcement of Gov. Abbott’s face-mask order

  Gov. Abbott issues statewide mask requirement

  Nacogdoches mayor: City council has named lone finalist for city manager position

3 arrested, 1 at-large following Lufkin drive-by shooting

  Gov. Abbott says recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Texas is ‘unacceptable’

19-year-old dies in 2-vehicle wreck on SH 7 in Nacogdoches County

Gov. Abbott set to give update on Texas’ response to COVID-19 pandemic

Lufkin police release names of people involved in 3-vehicle fatal wreck on Pershing

Affidavit states Lufkin man fired at least 10 shots at 2 brothers, 9-year-old girl

Lufkin City Council names interim city manager

Texas official: State has about 15K available hospital beds for COVID-19 patients

12-year-old reported missing in Houston County found safe

Lufkin police: 1 arrested in connection with May shooting incident, 2 suspects at large

Hemphill City Council to vote on continuing policy regarding utility payments through June

Man sentenced to 40 years for setting Jasper house fire that killed his grandmother

Apple Springs man charged with murder in connection with woman’s shooting death

Shelby County woman arrested for murder in connection to man’s death in 2019

2 people injured in plane crash near Livingston Municipal Airport

  NET Health: Uptick in new COVID-19 cases coming from unexpected places

Kilgore native graduates from West Point, earns Distinguished Cadet Award

Nacogdoches police: Suspect pistol-whipped 2 people, causing visible injuries

WATCH: ABC, Good Morning America correspondent talks about new book, ‘Your Hidden Superpower’

WATCH: Joe Lansdale talks about new Hap and Leonard book, racism

Newton County Sheriff’s Office: 1 person dead after being run over by pickup

Diboll police, ACSO deputies arrest 3 after tracker on stolen car reveals location

Gov. Abbott says he won’t be seeking assistance from US military to keep peace

Governor, U.S. Attorneys warn out-of-state instigators: Don’t mess with Texas

  Mahomes, SFA coaches ask for unity amid protests over death of George Floyd

Gov. Abbott issues statewide disaster declaration in response to violent protests

Lufkin police: Suspect fired at least 10 shots at man, his family