Donna McCollum

Donna McCollum

KTRE Reporter

Donna McCollum produces stories for the weekday newscasts at 5, 6, and 10. Nacogdoches County keeps her busy, but she also covers news stories in adjacent counties.

Donna is credited with several Associated Press news writing and newsgathering awards. She received the Texas Association of Broadcasters' Steve Pieringer Award, an award for valor and courage during the pursuit of a news story. Donna has also been recognized many times by local organizations. She has been named to the TASB (education) Honor Roll, noted for her media coverage by the Nacogdoches Tri-County NAACP Branch and was presented the State Media Award from the Texas Animal Control Association.

Donna grew up in Houston, where she graduated from Memorial High School. She went on to graduate from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos.

When not reporting for the East Texas News, Donna enjoys horseback riding. Donna's other job is at home, keeping up with her husband, KTRE's Marketing Director Mike Wiggins, and their son, Matthew.

Donna lives just outside the city of Nacogdoches. When asked what she likes about the "Oldest Town in Texas," Donna replied, "I like the old town charm. The leadership takes pride in the heritage of Nacogdoches, but understands that progress is important. They are careful to control progress, however, to help maintain the unique characteristics of the city. I also enjoy the countryside around Nacogdoches."

She says her most interesting assignments are those that tell a personal story. Frequently, people approach her with their experiences. "They believe no one is really interested in their life. Quite the contrary is true. People like hearing stories about their neighbors and, more times than you think, we all relate to them."

Recent Articles by Donna

  Record-low unemployment challenge employers

  WEBXTRA: Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation sponsors job fair

  ‘It was stupid. It was idiotic,’ says Rep. Travis Clardy on Speaker Bonnen’s actions

  25 East Texas companies searching for job seekers at NEDCO Job Fair

Labs unable to find DNA in teeth from human skull found in Nacogdoches County

  East Texas water planning group focus on preparing for future needs of region

  Rain doesn’t dampen East Texas Community Health Services groundbreaking in Lufkin

  Lone Star Santas Convoy of Toys visits Alto

  SCOTUS reviews case requesting improved working rights for LGBTQ+ employees

  City of Nacogdoches addresses complaints about Suddenlink service interruptions, billing

  Nacogdoches ISD workshop offers tools to empower parents at home

  East Texas food banks benefit from successful KTRE Night at Piney Woods Fair

  Agriculture competitions lead-off opening days of 2019 Piney Woods Fair

  Representatives discuss groundwater management across several East Texas counties

  Community health center, SFA nursing students offer free flu shots at Piney Woods Fair

  Texas sheriff: Groom-to-be said he robbed bank to pay for wedding ring, venue

  Texas Army National Guard wows Central Heights students with Chinook helicopter

  City, state dignitaries celebrate groundbreaking for Nacogdoches I-69 flyover project

  Families, rejoice: Splashadoches in Nacogdoches finally open

  Texas A&M, SFA researchers work to improve quality of East Texas watersheds

  Historic Clay House earns grant to help study its history

  Lumberjack Express food truck takes walk-up orders

  WEBXTRA: American Red Cross warehouse in Lufkin sends more supplies to storm victims

  Downtown Nacogdoches to host first-ever regional Art Fest weekend

  Diverse RV industry combined with diverse customer base will help during industry slump

  Historical organization in Nacogdoches marks 232 years since signing of U.S. Constitution

  Nacogdoches students learn importance of agriculture industry during Ag Day

  Change in Texas sexual assault laws benefit victims looking for justice, better tracks cases

Nacogdoches ISD superintendent to update public on school construction projects

  Rise in quality of childcare in East Texas attributed to Texas Rising Star certification