Gary Bass

Digital Content Producer

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.

Recent Articles by Gary

Longview native Matthew McConaughey announces ‘virtual benefit’ to aid Texans

2 more Houston-area families, including 5 children, suffer carbon monoxide poisoning

Texas family sickened by carbon monoxide after using grill indoors for heat

Tyler County sheriff: Nude woman stole car with children inside

Henderson man dies in 2-vehicle wreck on I-20 in Smith County

2 East Texans accused of taking part in U.S. Capitol siege charged with federal crimes

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office 1 of 3 burglary suspects in custody after chase

More than 75,000 East Texas homes are experiencing power outages in wake of winter storm

40-year-old man dies in fiery 1-vehicle wreck on SH 43 in Harrison County

Smith County sheriff identifies pastor killed, suspect in church shooting

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations remain under 15 percent 4th day in row

28-year-old man dies after truck strikes tree in Harrison County

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate above reopening threshold for 4th-straight day

Oregon State Police: Shelbyville man drove 18-wheeler wrong way on I-5, hit another big rig

Marshall police ID crash victim as brother of teen who died in 2019 wreck

Marion County Sheriff’s Office asks for public’s help in finding missing Kentucky man

DPS ends Silver Alert for 63-year-old man last seen in Upshur County

Mother of missing Shelby County teen arrested, boy still missing

Cass County Clerk’s Office to be closed week of Oct. 19 due to COVID-19 diagnosis

Panola County grand jury indicts man accused of killing deputy

Video shows man pull up pants, crawl through fence to escape Rusk County deputy

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigating suspicious death after woman’s body found in home

DPS releases names of pilot, passenger involved in Rusk County plane crash

1 person dies after 2-vehicle wreck on Highway 64 in Smith County

WATCH: Marshall ISD superintendent talks about balancing safety, quality education

DeBerry man dies in fiery two-vehicle crash on US 79 in Panola County

Smith County Sheriff’s Office seek public’s help after 2nd child porn charge filed on paramedic

Smith County Officials: Paramedic caught with hundreds of child porn images

Fifth District Court of Appeals justice dies in wreck on I-30 in Royse City

DPS issues Amber Alert for missing 2-year-old girl considered endangered