Gary Borders

Host of "On The Boarder"

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 30 years. During his career he worked 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. He now writes online each week at garyborders.com.

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.

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7:35am

Fri March 7, 2014
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Gary Borders: Late folk music legend Pete Seeger made each day matter

Singer/songwriter/activist Pete Seeger, who died in January at age 94, recently was awarded the first Woody Guthrie Prize. Commentator Gary Borders appreciated Seeger’s music, but he most admired Seeger’s inability to turn a blind eye on the politics of the day.

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7:35am

Fri February 28, 2014
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Gary Borders: Late San Augustine newspaperman kept tabs on his Texas soil

Sam Malone broadcasts from behind the mic in 1988 on Texas history and goings-on in San Augustine.
Credit Gary Borders

Just ahead of Texas Independence Day, commentator Gary Borders introduces us to history buff and renegade newspaperman Sam Malone, who edited The Rambler in San Augustine. The Rambler ended its run in 1988. Today, The Sabine County Reporter and Rambler continues weekly circulation. It's published in neighboring Hemphill, Texas.

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7:35am

Fri February 7, 2014
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Gary Borders: Snipe hunting is not a nurturing Scout experience

Credit gettingoutside.com

Listen up all you Boy Scouts who carry on the snipe hunting tradition, commentator Gary Borders is not amused.

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7:35am

Fri January 31, 2014
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Gary Borders: Self-service dog washes make sense

Rosie (left) and Sam naturally prefer to loaf on the couch.
Credit Gary Borders

Commentator Gary Borders likes to keep a tidy house, and well-groomed dogs are part of that expectation. But Rosie and Sam would prefer to back off from their new bathing regimen.

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2:35am

Fri January 17, 2014
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Gary Borders: Americans are overrun with surveys, survey says

When was the last time you were solicited to take a survey? Chances are very recently, according to commentator Gary Borders, who now and again takes the bait and fills one out.  Borders is a journalism instructor at Kilgore College. Chances are his students will one day fill out a survey about him.

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