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.

Ways to Connect

Airs Friday, December 1, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares the trials and tribulations of a Texan and his Rye Grass Excursions.

Airs Friday, November 24, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders travels to Corpus Christi for the 58th Texas Jazz Festival, taking note along the way at the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.

Gary Borders

Airs Friday, November 17, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders returns to the Cradle of Texas to wander the streets where he learned more about news-papering than any place he subsequently worked.

Airs Friday, November 10, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders reflects the joy Houston experienced as the city moves from the Great Flood to Great World Series Victory.

Airs Friday, November 3, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares takes a trip to the Briscoe Center for American History, where he finds new appreciation for the summer heat.