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 July 19, 2013
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Gary Borders: Learning the Southern ways in the 60s

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Commentator Gary Borders moved to East Texas from New England at the tender age of 12. He reflects on those early years and how he learned to love his home.

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7:35am

Fri July 12, 2013
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Gary Borders: In appreciation of a dear friend

Commentator Gary Borders shares a worthy tribute to his dear friend, the late Rayford Williams, a native of Henderson, Texas, who died recently at age 84.

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7:35am

Fri July 5, 2013
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Gary Borders: Discovering barbeque at its best, but who says?

It's that time of year when we spend quality time with our grills for family cookouts. Commentator Gary Borders has a book selection today that seeks to deepen our knowledge about barbeque and how it's prepared across the Deep South.

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7:35am

Fri June 28, 2013
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Gary Borders: Defending the homefront takes vigilance

Commentator Gary Borders recounts a home invasion and it's not the usual suspects -- fire ants, termites, roaches. Finding the culprit takes a bit of detective work and biology smarts.

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7:35am

Fri June 21, 2013
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Gary Borders: Snakes in a newspaper has many sequels

Credit Diboll Free Press, 1984

Gary Borders, our resident snake photo enthusiast, explores the curious tradition of dead-snake photos making their way into the pages of East Texas newspapers.

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