Jeff Awtrey

Jeff Awtrey

Digital Content Manager

East Texas

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

Gov. Abbott visits Tyler to stump for social media bill; ‘Conservative speech will not be canceled’

Former Lindale coach who had relationship with student avoids jailtime

Federal grand jury indicts East Texans accused in Capitol riots

Court documents state Polk County man claimed Capitol ‘is my house’

Walmart COVID-19 vaccine appointments now open online; 16 locations in East Texas participating

Federal grand jury indicts Polk County man, cousin in connection with Capitol riots

East Texas state senator’s new bill could make baby drop-offs safer

State Rep. Schaefer files bill to limit governor’s powers on disaster mandates

East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rates over 15 percent for two days

2 killed in Panola County rollover wreck

Nearly 40K cases of COVID-19 reported across Texas public schools


State seeking help in locating 2 children missing out of Henderson County

Deep East Texas COVID-19 hospitalization rate above 15% for 3rd-straight day

Police: Kilgore man hospitalized after failed robbery attempt

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