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

Nacogdoches County judge issues stay-at-home order

Nacogdoches County reports first positive COVID-19 case

Statewide coronavirus death toll climbs to 8

State agency reports 2nd coronavirus-related death in Texas

Former gymnastics coach hopes Sylvia Keiter’s legacy will live on

Angelina County district attorney announces resignation


East Texas Rep. Gohmert votes against hate-crime bill, states sentence isn’t harsh enough

Affidavit: Murder suspect claims self-defense in strip-club stabbing

  WATCH NOW: Interview with 84-year-old woman who sank 94-foot putt to win new car

Drugmaker ships potential coronavirus vaccine to government for testing

One arrested after threat of riot at Trinity ISD

Woman found dead outside San Augustine County home

Nacogdoches Coca-Cola closing manufacturing plant, laying off 74

Nacogdoches woman gets 40 years prison for starving mother to death

Tyler County man gets life in prison for death of woman

  Body found inside vehicle in Lake Sam Rayburn

  NFL Network report: Dallas Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy as new head coach

Nacogdoches County sheriff: Suspect in Arkansas homicide confesses to killing mother

Grand jury indicts Huntington man accused of bomb message that evacuated school

Sheriff: Deputy injured in wreck while on patrol

Suspect accused of killing Nassau Bay police sergeant arrested

  Gilmer native taking over football program at UTSA

Nacogdoches County traffic stop yields 10 pounds of cocaine, stolen guns hidden inside dash

Jury finds man guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands from Houston County newspaper

Tyler mayor on Harvey Hall: ‘We’ve aggressively cleaned this building to where there’s no issue’

  SFA receives votes for AP Top 25

Lufkin police release ID on homeless woman killed while crossing street

Lufkin Wendy’s employee robbed at gunpoint

DPS IDs Cushing, Reklaw victims in Wednesday fatal crash