Jeff Awtrey

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 digital assignments manager, Jeff is responsible for managing the website, news apps, niche apps and social media for KLTV and KTRE.

Recent Articles by Jeff

Nearly 1,800 COVID-19 cases reported across Texas schools

  Investigation into 3 deaths at Polk County home reveals son attacked parents

Gov. Abbott wants to remove annexation powers for cities that defund police

Man charged in connection with 2017 stabbing death in Rivercrest

Nacogdoches County commissioners postpone Piney Woods Fair

  Diboll ISD cancels sports for week after players show symptoms of COVID-19

  Sabine County man killed after tree falls into home

Tyler County judge signs evacuation order

Deep East Texas seeing influx of traffic following coastal evacuations

Trinity County issues burn ban

Huntington man, woman arrested in connection with 2019 murder case

Gilbert campaign releases video showing assault

State removes Angelina County Jail from non-compliant list

Monday’s Tyler ISD meeting to focus on timeline for renaming high schools

Nacogdoches city, county issue voluntary mask-wearing proclamation

CVS expands COVID-19 testing at Lufkin, Carthage sites

  Man killed after Lufkin police say reckless driving causes crash

Angelina County woman who stole $30K from employer pleads guilty

Arrest document states Diboll man bought murder weapon from classifieds

State places Angelina County Jail on non-compliant list

Family of Lufkin Pilgrim’s Pride employee who died of COVID-19 suing company

Pedestrian killed in Rusk County Sunday wreck not identified

Raising Cane’s coming to Lufkin

State finds Shelby County Jail non-compliant on two counts

Sabine County sheriff: Father shoots daughter’s abuser to death

2 killed in Shelby County plane crash

Governor announces most businesses can open on May 1 with limited occupancy

Gov. Abbott to address plan to re-open economy on Friday

Gov. Abbott says decision on school year coming this week

1 death among 4 new COVID-19 cases in Nacogdoches County