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On the Road: 'Fred Gamble is probably Mr. TV in Texarkana'

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KSLA News 12's Fred Gamble has provided "Coverage You Can Count On" in Texarkana for 40 years. KSLA News 12's Fred Gamble has provided "Coverage You Can Count On" in Texarkana for 40 years.
On the job: Fred Gamble has been there for all kinds of stories, including this alligator capture in Texarkana in May 2013. On the job: Fred Gamble has been there for all kinds of stories, including this alligator capture in Texarkana in May 2013.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

You hear his voice more than you see his face. The bad guys don't like seeing him show up when they are arrested, but people from around these parts love him. 

For 40 years, Fred Gamble has been 'Coverage You Can Count On' in Texarkana.  "When I started the work doing this job, people have retired from two jobs," quipped a chuckling Gamble. 

Texarkana Mayor Wayne Smith remembers the first time he met Fred, when he returned to Texarkana and ran for public office. "He is a great person and he represents the TV industry in an exceptional manner," said Smith. "Fred Gamble is probably Mr. TV in Texarkana."   

Fred Gamble has just about seen it all: police raids, stand offs, fires, snow storms and flooding. The worst story he can remember covering was the deadly propylene train car explosion back in 2005.

On the political front, Gamble has been on the beat with more presidential candidates in Texarkana than anyone other reporter. His favorite stories however are about giving back.
"You get more satisfaction in helping the 80 year old lady get her lights turned on than death and destruction," said Gamble.

Fred Gamble is arguably the most recognized TV journalist in person who's not actually seen regularly on TV. And he likes it that way. 

"You see Fred everywhere at every event everything that's covering Texarkana," said Smith.

That sentiment is echoed by Rebecca Elliott, deputy district court clerk in Miller County.  "He's just always been around. I've always known him," said Elliott. "I haven't known the other channels but Fred, Channel 12. That's my man."

Gamble is also one of the most trusted journalists around these parts. Many times people call him for help  before they call anyone else. Just ask Miller County Sheriff Ron Stovall. "Since I've been sheriff here that's been the case several times," said Stovall. "I have as much confidence in Fred Gamble as I have of any news person I've ever worked with. He's always been honest. His word's been good and he's always treated me with the utmost respect." 

So Texarkana, your favorite son Fred Gamble is here to stay telling more stories for a long, long time. "Like Martin Luther King always said longevity pays off," said Gamble.

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