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."
Friday was a day of sunshine after two to three weeks of heavy rains. There’s more rain in the forecast for next week, which may leave you wondering how is Sam Rayburn Reservoir holding up. Many swollen creeks and rivers in Deep East Texas make their way down within a day or less to the flood
The Deep East Texas Council of Governments is currently making sure public transportation needs are met throughout an 11 county region. Public comments will put a five-year transportation plan into motion.
An honorary gun salute at today’s Fallen Peace Officers Memorial Service in Nacogdoches was one gesture of remembrance. Since 1871 there have been eleven fallen peace officers from Nacogdoches County. Four families were present to be reminded their loved ones aren’t forgotten.
Creeks in Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County are subsiding, but still rushing after heavy rains. Nacogdoches County Road Administrator Doyle Williams reported this morning about 30 roads still closed due to water or trees over the road.
Nacogdoches Mayor Jimmy Mize is ending his first week with the title. Before taking office, the unopposed candidate visited legislators in Austin. This week he stuck closer to home. Mayor Jimmy Mize knows all about the many generations which kept the Nacogdoches-Lufkin rival alive,
A among the proposals in President Joe Biden’s American Family Plan is one that would essentially make community college tuition-free. KTRE’s Donna McCollum spoke with Angelina College Executive Director of Marketing and Strategic Enrollment Krista Brown about the proposal.
Currently, on the northern Sabine National Forest, about 14 miles east of Shelbyville, grows a diverse ecosystem. The Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) wants it protected for all to enjoy by nominating it for special management status with the U.S. Forest Service.
The Texas Forestry Museum reopened its doors for the first time since the pandemic. It’s completely remodeled, has new exhibits and lots of fun for the whole family. Museum director Kendall Gay says a lot of hard work was put into the exhibits
The Nacogdoches Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated the chapter’s 95th anniversary. Over the decades, members have celebrated principals which shaped the city and its education. Today the service was celebrated.
Historically, Nacogdoches city council races have little division between candidates. But in this year’s race for Nacogdoches city council northeast ward a disagreement over a zoning issue draws the line.
HOUSE BILL 6, THE SWEEPING ELECTIONS REFORM BILL, MADE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE THURSDAY. TODAY REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE TRAVIS CLARDY AND A MEMBER OF THE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE SPOKE ON THE BILL'S PROGRESS.