Gary Borders

Host of "Borderline"

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.

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Fri April 18, 2014
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Gary Borders: Political pundits could liven up their digs with help from 1800s newspaperman

Commentator Gary Borders shares some 19th century insults to spice up your vocabulary. It will leave some frothy gasconader at a loss for a comeback.

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Fri April 11, 2014
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Gary Borders: Back in the day, dead snake photos could sell papers

Credit Diboll Free Press, 1984

Commentator Gary Borders enjoys combing through the archives of small-town newspapers. He explores the curious tradition of dead snake photos making their way into the pages of East Texas newspapers.

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Fri April 4, 2014
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Gary Borders: Words and stories sketch a portrait of home

Commentator Gary Borders longs for some originality on the streets of America. So he’s turned to language.  What you say and do may tell a lot about where you call home.

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Fri March 28, 2014
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Gary Borders: Cocoa Beach spring break meant a special walk down the pier

Commentator Gary Borders spent spring break in Cocoa Beach, Fla. There, against a backdrop of sand and surf, he was the father of the bride, a rite of passage he put into words.

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Fri March 21, 2014
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Gary Borders: My fake UFO photos led to a journalism career

An innocent science project helped define a career trajectory for commentator Gary Borders, proving there is life beyond the tri-fold display board. At age 15, Borders landed a side gig at the Longview News-Journal, thanks to his artful approach to faking UFO photos that he shot in his backyard.

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