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.
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.
No injuries were reported after a drive-by shooting incident that occurred on Lufkin’s West Grove Avenue Friday afternoon. Three of the four suspects have been arrested, according to the Lufkin Police Department.
Addressing the spike of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that have occurred since Memorial Day, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged Texans follow the recommended safety protocols going into the July 4th holiday weekend.
The Lufkin Police Department has released the names of the people involved in a fatal three-vehicle wreck that occurred Friday after the driver of one of the vehicles drove recklessly and at speeds of about 100 mph.
Lufkin police officers arrested a man Tuesday in connection with a May 30 incident in which he allegedly stopped an intersection and fired at least 10 shots at two brothers, and a 9-year-old girl, who were all standing outside a home on North Street.
A Beaumont man who pleaded guilty to charges of murder and arson earlier this year in connection with the 2018 death of his grandmother, who died because of injuries she suffered in a house fire he allegedly set, was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
ABC and Good Morning America correspondent Adrienne Bankert appeared on East Texas Now on Wednesday to talk about her new book, “Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone.”
During his East Texas Now interview Tuesday, bestselling author Joe Lansdale, who lives in Nacogdoches, talked about his new Hap and Leonard book, “Of Mice and Minestroni” and touched on current events here in America.
Diboll police officers arrested three men on engaging in organized crime charges Wednesday after a tracker on a vehicle they allegedly stole in Harris County revealed that they were in Lufkin. A chase ensued after a Diboll PD officer spotted the vehicle on U.S. Highway 59.
During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott said while Texas will work to protect residents’ First Amendment right to peacefully protest, violence, looting, and vandalism will not be tolerated.
On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott and the four U.S. Attorneys for Texas announced that people who come from out of state to engage in looting, violence, or other destructive acts in violation of federal law will be subject to federal prosecution.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II weighed in on the protests and unrest going on across the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s in-custody death in Minneapolis on Monday with a heartfelt tweet urging unity.
Amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, many of which have turned violent, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster. As part of his disaster declaration, Abbott has activated the National Guard and has authorized federal agents to serve as Texas peace officers.