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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Commentator Gary Borders recalls a summer job from a bygone era: the movie projectionist. He was one at the Main Theater in Nacogdoches during the 1970s.

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Commentator Gary Borders takes us pasture roaming on a central Texas Hill Country ranch.

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Commentator Gary Borders and his family take time out to watch "Duck Dynasty" together, along with about 8.4 million other viewers of the hugely popular A&E network reality show. He even feels akin to the backwoods adventures at times.

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It's one of life's pleasures: watching a rainstorm from a warm, comfortable room at home -- and not feeling any looming deadlines. Commentator Gary Borders experienced one of those days recently, perched in his Longview study.

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Commentator Gary Borders recently got a crash course in the competitive nature of cheerleading. Now he feels occasional temblors at his Longview home. He's found that gymnastic ability goes hand-in-hand with cheerleading.

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