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 planning assignments manager, Jeff is responsible for lining up future coverage for days, weeks and months ahead. If you have an event you would like to share, or any kind of story idea at all, you can reach out to him.


Recent Articles by Jeff

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

Longview police identify suspect, 2 victims in homicide

  Gilmer man, Louisiana woman accused in steroids scheme

East Texas federal grand jury indicts Michigan man for child sex crimes

Wood County grand jury indicts New Mexico man on sex trafficking charges