Jeff Awtrey

KLTV 7/KTRE 9 Planning Assignments Editor

Jeff Awtrey has worked for KLTV and KTRE since 2009. He has been in East Texas media since 2000 with a previous background in newspaper.

Jeff was born in Oklahoma and lived a part of his childhood in Hawaii before his family moved to Nacogdoches, Texas. After graduating from Nacogdoches, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a degree in journalism.

Among Jeff’s career highlights are his part in covering Hurricanes Rita and Ike, the space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the film Charlie Wilson’s War and the Lufkin Little League All-Stars march to a national championship in 2017.

After a call to serve God, Jeff attended a mission trip to Haiti in 2012. He and his wife then participated in three more trips and took part in a team which distributed Bibles they were able to purchase through a fundraising effort in the states.

Jeff is the creator and organizer of the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown, an all-star basketball game which pits the top seniors of Angelina County against the top seniors of Nacogdoches County. Proceeds from the game go to a charity of the winning team's choice. The game has now been held for 10 years.

Jeff loves pro wrestling, SFA basketball and, above all, his Houston Astros. In fact, Jeff even proposed to his wife during an Astros game before an audience at Minute Maid Park.

Jeff and his wife, Cheryl, have three children, Adam, Emily and Anna.

As planning assignments manager, Jeff is responsible for lining up future coverage for days, weeks and months ahead. If you have an event you would like to share, or any kind of story idea at all, you can reach out to him.

Recent Articles by Jeff

  Pizza Hut coming to Diboll

Overturned 18-wheeler causes traffic problems on US 259, US 59 in Nacogdoches

Elliott: ‘I believe I’m the best.’

Affidavit: Fingerprint match leads to arrest in robbery of Lufkin Whataburger

Louisiana chef opening Cajun restaurant in Lufkin

  Bill which could allow Alabama-Coushatta to keep gaming facility passes US House

  Suppression hearing starts over confession in toddler’s drowning

  Gladewater native returns home to start soul food restaurant

Sabine County man dies in 1-vehicle crash

Livingston man gets 25 years for sexually assaulting girl

  Investigation confirms Nacogdoches County fire which killed 3 started on porch

  Affidavit: Texas woman burns hotel room after husband denies advances

  Polk County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing man

Zavalla man sentenced to prison for ramming US Forest Service vehicle

  Police identify suspect in fire at Nacogdoches Walmart; store closed due to damage

Governor signs East Texas legislator’s bill removing limit on Texas school marshals

Former Angelina County political candidate arrested for 2nd time in 6 months

  Family identifies boy who died in hit-and-run accident involving boat on Lake Palestine

  Governor signs East Texas senator’s bill allowing feral hog kills without license

Gas station to be built at Lufkin HEB

  Governor signs Clardy’s bill to help military personnel gain law enforcement certificates easier

Oklahoma-based breakfast restaurant Jimmy’s Egg gets permit to build in Tyler

Lufkin man gets probation for driving boat drunk, firing gun at others

  Senate OKs Clardy bill to help military personnel gain law enforcement certificates easier

Former Lufkin ISD student accused of calling, harassing teachers for 5 years

  City of Zavalla under boil-water notice

Pineywoods Academy principal accused of illegally selling textbooks

  Nacogdoches County sweeps Angelina at KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

Livingston woman arrested after 4 baby chickens found ‘squished’ dead in her car

Trinity County jury finds man guilty in shooting involving police