Gary Borders

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 30 years. He is currently the editor and publisher of the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune and also writes online each week at garyborders.com.

During his career Gary has taught journalism at Kilgore College and served as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and San Augustine. He began writing a column in 1982 and has written at least once weekly since without fail, though there are quite a few he would like to take back. The New York Times News Service distributed his column nationally from 1995 through 2009. His pieces have been published in the Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Austin American-Statesman, Palm Beach Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and — his personal favorite — the Maui News.

Borders has published two collections of columns, the “Loblolly Chronicles” in 2010 and “Behind and Beyond the Pine Curtain” in 2005. The University of Texas Press published “A Hanging in Nacogdoches” in 2006, his account of a brutal murder in 1902 in the state’s oldest town, and the trial that followed. He is currently researching another book, but is nowhere close to being finished.

Borders and his wife, Dr. Julie Teel-Borders, a professor at LeTourneau University, live in Longview with their daughter, Abbie, a freshman at Longview High School. He also has two grown daughters, about whom he has been writing columns since Ronald Reagan was president. They have long ceased to be embarrassed about it, though Abbie protests occasionally.

Airs Friday, April 21 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders ponder end of life issues and his decision to pay for his Cremation on the Installment Plan.

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Airs Friday, April 14, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares a few thoughts about his beloved Boston Red Sox and the Hope that comes with the start of a new season.

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Airs Friday, March 10, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders remember back to his days Working At The Bottle Plant.

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Airs Friday, February 10, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders takes a real life look behind the phrase Boston Wicked Strong.

 
 
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Airs Friday, February 3, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders decries the annual mutilation of Crape Myrtles. 

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Airs Friday, December 2, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders is Trying to acquire patience
 
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My love affair with Red River Radio began in San Augustine, when Shreveport station KDAQ first went on the air in 1984. I was first exposed to National Public Radio while briefly attending graduate school at the University of Missouri, and then transferring to UT-Austin, where KUT became my constant listening companion. So I was overjoyed when KDAQ — the flagship of the network now known as Red River Radio — went on the air.

Plumbing issues pop up often in our house, especially lately. They always occur at night or on weekends.. Twice I have called a plumber on Saturday to clear roots out of a clogged sewer line. Two fellows came out and used a giant metal snake to clear out the line. The lead man handed me a bill for $300. Double time.

Plumbing issues pop up often in our house, especially lately. They always occur at night or on weekends.. Twice I have called a plumber on Saturday to clear roots out of a clogged sewer line. Two fellows came out and used a giant metal snake to clear out the line. The lead man handed me a bill for $300. Double time.

I spend much of my waking hours in front of a computer screen, either at the office or at home. In my day job, I post items to Facebook, update the website, design fliers and brochures, process the photos I have taken in Photoshop, write press releases and other material. These are solitary endeavors for the most part, requiring the meager talents I bring to Thrive360, the nonprofit for which I handle communications.

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