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

Gov. Abbott issues statewide disaster declaration in response to violent protests

WATCH: Wood County resident shoots video of Blue Angels DFW flyover

Gov. Abbott says hairdressers, barber shops, tanning salons may open on Friday

WATCH: Gov. Abbott discusses nursing home COVID-19 cases, effort to re-open Texas

NWS survey: Deadly tornado was probably an EF-3 when it hit Onalaska

WEBXTRA: East Texas firefighters rescue teenage girl from Wood County well

Texas Walgreens to offer drive-through testing for COVID-19, governor says

Gov. Abbott says Tyler has 602 empty hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients

Governor Greg Abbott extends order; schools closed until at least May 4

Morris County judge reports first confirmed COVID-19 case in that county

Texas Gov. Abbott says he has no plans of issuing statewide ‘shelter-in-place’ order

Texas governor issues order banning restaurant dining, closing gyms

Gov. Greg Abbott confirms 3rd Texas coronavirus death at press conference

Gov. Abbott activates Texas National Guard to help with COVID-19 response

Amber Alert issued for 2 small children who went missing in Farmer’s Branch

Longview police: 1 person dead after shooting incident on Mobberly

DPS releases identity of man killed in Cherokee County plane crash

44-year-old Joaquin man dies after truck leaves road, hits tree

Elysian Fields ISD canceling class Friday because of high number of illnesses

Caddo Lake State Park re-opens to public after storm damage causes closure

Sheriff: Mother of missing 3-year-old turns child over to deputies at attorney’s office

A&E show to air story about Nacogdoches County child sexual assault fugitive

Funeral services set for fallen Panola County sheriff’s deputy

WEBXTRA: Gary residents speak about fatal Panola County shooting incident

Hunt County Sheriff’s Office: Man with knife robbed liquor store on SH 224

Gun Barrel City first responders rescue man after concrete smashes trackhoe cab

Affidavit: Gladewater couple’s toddler was living in home filled with animal feces, urine, trash

Jacksonville’s first female firefighter celebrating 20 years with JFD

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office releases name of man killed in officer-involved shooting incident

Go Fund Me account set up for SFA basketball player’s family has raised $146K