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

Investigation into 3 deaths at Polk County home reveals son attacked parents

Deep East Texas seeing influx of traffic following coastal evacuations

Marshall police arrest 5th in ‘planned fight’ that resulted in shooting death

Athens woman accused of ramming woman with car, killing unborn baby

Sabine County sheriff: Father shoots daughter’s abuser to death

2 killed in Shelby County plane crash

Governor announces most businesses can open on May 1 with limited occupancy

Raid on Hallsville woman’s apartment leads to counterfeit arrest

City of Whitehouse proclaiming Feb. 2 ‘Patrick Mahomes Day’

Marion County Sheriff’s Office seeking help in search of suspect in shooting death

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

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

Suspect accused of killing Nassau Bay police sergeant arrested

Gilmer native taking over football program at UTSA

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

Troup woman gets deferred adjudication for stealing $1,500 worth of scratch-offs

Jacksonville man who threatened shooting spree pleads guilty in federal court

Marshall man arrested in connection with traffic deaths of 2 high school students

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

Elliott: ‘I believe I’m the best.’

Louisiana chef opening Cajun restaurant in Lufkin

Great Texas Balloon Race officials move event date to June

State removes Camp County Jail from non-compliant list

Marshall firefighters discover 31 pounds of marijuana at scene of wreck

Harrison County employee arrested in connection with missing money from Treasurer’s Office

Governor signs East Texas legislator’s bill removing limit on Texas school marshals

Governor signs Clardy’s bill to help military personnel gain law enforcement certificates easier

Hallsville woman gets 5 years for kidnapping in connection to double homicide

Marshall woman gets 5 years for murder-for-hire plot against husband

Man charged with felony for trimming bass tail at Lake Fork tournament