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."
While the school district’s students are enjoying their summer break, Alto ISD employees will be busy preparing newly delivered portable buildings to serve as high school classrooms before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
Nacogdoches city engineer Steve Bartlett wants residents to know several key points following a major sewer line break discovered Thursday afternoon. Sewage is no longer flowing into Lanana Creek. The line has been diverted thru a hose into a manhole.
On April 13 the couple was helping festival goers to safety from a tornado approaching the mounds. "Where he was the building collapsed. Rachel is still processing what happened. The Snake Woman Garden's lessons of renewal help.
The Walmart Superstore in Nacogdoches continues to cope with extensive smoke damage left by a Sunday midnight fire. Scott Gilbert remains in jail on a $20,000 bond for a fire investigators say he confessed to setting. The smoke and fire left about 350 Walmart employees with a legitimate worry.
Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches celebrates its 30th year. Hundreds of volunteers prepare for 30,000 guests. There's a lot of prep for a party that big. Hundreds of volunteers work countless hours throughout the year to make sure the event accomplishes fun for everyone who attends.
Pioneer Park is the first to receive a $230,000 improvement to a play area. It's an answer to park advocates requests for modern playscapes. Crosswinds Contracting travels a region putting in the castle-like structures for GameTime.“It's more for the kids that love to climb. It's 12 foot high
A new Texas law co-sponsored by State Rep. Travis Clardy will allow law enforcement officers who have served in the military to receive credit toward training hours required for certification based on their military service.
Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who died in service. For Paul Solise of Nacogdoches County all he can do is honor his older brother, Richard Solise. Years separated the oldest and youngest son of a family of 15 children. For Paul it doesn't diminish the respect he has for the bro