Donna McCollum

Donna McCollum

Reporter/MMJ

East Texas

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."

Education:

  • Texas State University

Recent Articles by Donna

  Sam Rayburn Reservoir monitors input surges

  Five-year transportation plan in the making for Deep East Texas

  Pink fire truck shown off by Garrison Volunteer Fire Department

  Fallen Peace Officers Memorial Service in Nacogdoches

  American Rescue Plan grants can help boost East Texas restaurants

  Faith and science sustaining recovering Newton lung cancer patient

  Tree falls on house, kills Lufkin woman sleeping inside

  Creeks rushing, 30 roads still closed following heavy rains in Nacogdoches County

  New Nacogdoches and Lufkin mayors meet this week

  Nacogdoches ISD's McMichael Middle School flooding forces virtual learning

  Nacogdoches education organizations celebrating 90 years

  East Texas Community Health Services director encourages businesses to reach out to unvaccinated individuals

  Hearings on proposed oil and gas waste disposal facility in San Augustine County to begin Tuesday

  Angelina College reacts to Biden’s free tuition proposal

  Bad weather, pandemic force completion date of new Emeline Carpenter Elementary School back

  Medicaid waiver expiration could impact East Texas healthcare services

  Citizens group nominates U.S. Forest lands for protection

  COVID-19 strategies begin to shift in Nacogdoches, Angelina Counties

  Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches bounces back after a year hiatus

  Deep East Texas museums renovate, reopen amidst COVID-19 pandemic

  SMART Tag system launches at Nacogdoches ISD

  Nacogdoches chapter of Daughters of American Revolution celebrate 95th anniversary

  SFA Gardens deciding which plants stay, which ones go

  SFA Music Prep celebrates 40 years with founder Shirley Watterston

  Staffing concerns over state nursing contracts ending mid-May

  Destruction to Construction: Remembering the April 13, 2019 tornado

  NE Ward Nacogdoches City Council Race Heats Up

  Rep. Travis Clardy on Election Reform proposal of HB 6

  New Mission Nac program offers affordable first-time houses

  SFA student group hosts survivor for Holocaust Remembrance Day