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

DPS IDs Cushing, Reklaw victims in Wednesday fatal crash

Jury sentences Diboll man who shot woman 8 times to 50 years in prison

3 reported dead in wreck on 204 near Jacksonville

State removes Houston County Jail from non-compliant list

Trinity County sheriff showcases arrest, drug seizure on social media

Lufkin ISD releases information on playoff tickets

Man killed in one-vehicle crash in Polk County

Logansport’s Braden Courtney brings home ASB Player of the Week 9 honors

State cites Houston County Jail for not giving follow-up care to inmate

Texas House Speaker announces he won’t seek re-election after audio scandal

Chick-Fil-A coming to ETBU campus

SFA football player hit by stray bullet

Lufkin parents accused of abusing, not seeking treatment for son with leukemia

Lufkin police nab wanted man locked in deer stand with gun after crash

Colorado man accused of soliciting East Texas girl online for sex now facing federal charge

Alto truck driver killed in Polk County crash

  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