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 garyborders.com. 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, April 20, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders travels back to the Spring of 1968, and the announcement by LBJ that stunned viewers as he declared he would not seek re-election, nor would he accept the nomination if offered.

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Airs Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Dr. Gary Joiner explore the life, service, and valor of First Lieutenant William R. Lawley, Jr. History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine. 

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Airs Friday, April 13, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders takes a look at obsolescence in the digital age.

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Airs Friday, March 30, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders examines local customs in spelling and pronunciation after a recent comment concerning his spelling of crape myrtle.

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Airs Friday, March 23, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders takes us on the ordeal of "Buying a New Brain."

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