Gary Borders

Host of "Borderline"

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 40 years. He works now as a freelance writer, editor and photographer. You can see his work at He has written for World Wildlife magazine, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer and Airstream Life.

During his career, Gary served as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Mount Pleasant, San Augustine, Cedar Park and Junction City, Kansas. He also taught journalism at Kilgore College. 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 retract. 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, which should be completed by the end of 2015. He is also threatening to release another collection of columns.

Borders and his wife, Dr. Julie Teel-Borders, a professor at LeTourneau University, live in Longview with their daughter, Abbie, a senior at Trinity School of Texas. 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.

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Airs Friday, October 21, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders reflects on The colorful characters of Showmen’s Rest

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Airs Friday, September 30, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares high praise and his love of librarians

Airs Friday, September 23, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders remembers back a few decades to his first day of school


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Airs Friday, September 16, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares some thoughts about Pilgrims, the Mayflower Compact, and America inspired by a trip to Provincetown Harbor.

Airs Friday, September 9, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders reflects on one of his favorite places and a trip Back in Fenway Park