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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7:35am

Fri December 20, 2013
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Gary Borders: Boxing great Jack Dempsey had oil wealth in East Texas

These weathered boxing gloves were passed down from Gary Borders' father.
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Walk into the study of commentator Gary Borders and you'll see framed sports memorabilia showcasing an American cultural icon of the 1920s. Newspaper clippings of Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey remind Borders of his dad and Dempsey's ties to East Texas.

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7:35am

Fri December 13, 2013
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Gary Borders: A tribute to Harris K. Teel

A recent portrait of Harris K. Teel, affectionately called Papa Teel by his family, clad in his overalls.
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Commentator Gary Borders pens a tribute to his late father-in-law Harris K. Teel, who was gravely wounded following a stabbing attack at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview on Nov. 26.

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7:35am

Fri December 6, 2013
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Gary Borders: Newspaper dreams plague me

Commentator Gary Borders is growing weary of a recurring dream of a newsroom gone awry. He hopes that his brain will move on to a new storyline that will provide for more restful or entertaining slumbers.

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7:35am

Fri November 29, 2013
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Gary Borders: Hunting bucks isn't my forte

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Commentator Gary Borders makes a feeble attempt at hunting. But when it comes to nature photography, he'll happily shoot deer from behind the lens.

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7:35am

Fri November 22, 2013
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Gary Borders: Where were you when JFK was shot?

Like many baby boomers, commentator Gary Borders can vividly recall the moment he learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. He adds his recollection through the eyes of a third grader in Allenstown, New Hampshire.

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