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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7:30am

Fri September 27, 2013
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Gary Borders: For the love of the Sox, in good times and in bad

With October right around the corner, Major League Baseball fans are about to settle in to their easy chairs to watch their favorite teams battle it out on the road to the World Series. Commentator Gary Borders will back burner pretty much everything to watch his beloved Boston Red Sox make their first playoff appearance in four years.

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7:35am

Fri September 20, 2013
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Gary Borders: First-year teachers need some give-and-take

Commentator Gary Borders is back in the classroom 40 years after taking night classes at Kilgore College. This time he's teaching journalism students, which is familiar territory for the career journalist and publisher. But as a first-year teacher, he's humbled by the challenge and just getting his feet on the ground.

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7:35am

Fri September 13, 2013
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Gary Borders: Remembering quintessential newspaperman Bill Martin

Commentator Gary Borders pays tribute to a late newspaper publisher who was happiest when he heard the press rumble under his feet.

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7:35am

Fri September 6, 2013
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Gary Borders: College football powerhouses should bankroll their athletes

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Commentator Gary Borders presents his case as to why it's time for college football players to get on the payroll at their universities. He says college football powerhouses rake in major dividends from their performance on the gridiron, and the players on the field deserve a cut.

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7:35am

Fri August 30, 2013
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Gary Borders: Gravitating to the forest is human nature

A view from Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire's White Mountains -- a favorite destination for hikers.
Credit Gary Borders

Commentator Gary Borders takes us into the woods to explore his favorite hiking spots of his childhood and today.

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