NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - During an annual meeting hosted by the Texas Farm Bureau of Nacogdoches County, a long time KTRE reporter was awarded the "Media Award."
Donna McCollum, the KTRE Nacogdoches Bureau Chief, was credited Tuesday night for her efforts in covering agriculture related stories that are relevant to East Texans.
"The recognition is just wonderful. You know, I'm a city girl, I was raised in the city of Houston, but I have fond memories of spending summer time with my grandparents at their ranch in Robertson County," McCollum said. "So, while I'm a city girl, I'm also a country girl at heart."
McCollum has been a part of the KTRE family for over 30 years and has covered a wide array of stories from the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster to two hurricanes. However, McCollum said covering agriculture is her all time favorite past time.
"I love telling stories; all kinds of stories. But, the truth is, I really like telling stories about people in agriculture--anything dealing with animals or people working the hard earth. It's what really pleases me, so to get this award is just really icing on the cake," McCollum said.
The Texas Farm Bureau also awarded Nolan Alders. a pivotal figure in the Nacogdoches County agriculture world, with the "Pioneer Award". Alders currently works as the Ag teacher at Nacogdoches High School and helped install the "Ag in the Classroom," program at Nacogdoches Independent School District.
The Texas Farm Bureau focuses on being the voice and vision of Texas agriculture. They hold annual meetings to formulate legislative action on county, state and national agriculture issues. The bureau is wholly controlled by its members.