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

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

8-year-old girl among 3 killed in Harrison County wreck

Gov. Abbott issues statewide mask requirement

Marshall police arrest 4 suspects in ‘planned fight’ that resulted in shooting death

Gov. Abbott set to give update on Texas’ response to COVID-19 pandemic

Texas official: State has about 15K available hospital beds for COVID-19 patients

Marshall police: 1 person suffered possible life-threatening injury in shooting incident at park

12-year-old reported missing in Houston County found safe

Man sentenced to 40 years for setting Jasper house fire that killed his grandmother

2 people die in 2-vehicle head-on collision on US 271 in Titus County

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