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 November 15, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: A steam whistle is a piece of Americana

When commentator Gary Borders received a K-4 whistle in the mail, he didn't know what to make of it? He explores the history of this polished brass whistle -- that still works!

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7:42am

Fri November 8, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: DIY car repair is not for the faint of heart

Lucky for us, commentator Gary Borders does not work at the Jiffy Lube around the corner. He recounts his recent epic visit to the auto parts store, a do-it-yourself purgatory for car repair amateurs.

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7:47am

Fri November 1, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: On teaching press box journalism

For the first time in more than two decades, Commentator Gary Borders covered a football game. But he wasn't filing a story on deadline. He was showing his journalism students how to function in the press box, minus the whiskey shots downed by the sportswriters of yesteryear.

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7:35am

Fri October 11, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: 'My Last Presentation' is memorable, heartfelt

Commentator Gary Borders describes a unique hour-long goodbye video at the Pines Theater in Lufkin. It was replete with Mr. Peanut, monkey business and movie candy, resulting in a one-of-a-kind memorial service for a beloved art professor.

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7:35am

Fri October 4, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Neighbors roll when the power goes out

So, what do you do when the power goes out? You go outside and see if your neighbors are in the dark, too. But commentator Gary Borders finds that when the outage stretches on for hours in the heat of the summer, an impromptu car parade rolls through his neighborhood.

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