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

  City of Nacogdoches adapts to COVID-19’s impact on tourism: ‘It’s just bringing it to a standstill’

  Agriculture manufacturer donates hundreds of medical-grade masks to COVID-19 response

  East Texas Community Health in Nacogdoches joins growing number using telemedicine

  ‘Communication is key’ between renters, landlords during COVID-19 layoffs

  Healthcare facility in Nacogdoches offers new telemedicine service

  Nursing students play vital role in COVID-19 assessment in Nacogdoches

  Nacogdoches helps displaced workers and Angelina Co United Way helps busy agencies

  United Way approves emergency funds for Angelina County nonprofits, agencies

  Rep. Travis Clardy knows state will take a hit from COVID-19 crisis

  Student teachers across East Texas learn of waiver for certification

  Nurse who serves in nation’s COVID-19 hotspot says Texas has much to learn

  East Texas families go on ‘bear hunt’ scavenger during COVID-19 pandemic

  Nacogdoches County health officials set up COVID-19 call center

  SFA ‘stitchers’ sew masks, caps for hospital staff

  Nacogdoches ISD begins weekday meal delivery routes for students

  Commercial cleaning suppliers forced to turn down retail customers due to demand, priority

  Educators across East Texas meet challenge of teaching online during COVID-19 outbreak

  Lufkin daycare temporarily closes after parent of child tests positive for COVID-19

  Non-profit agencies think outside the box when serving others during a pandemic

  Nonprofit in Nacogdoches offers financial help to laid-off workers during COVID-19 pandemic

  San Augustine County, city work together on COVID-19 preps

  San Augustine launches online instruction while Broaddus may resort to pen and paper

Daycares, child care providers encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for good reason

Nacogdoches County steer show postponed for at least two weeks

  Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo 2020 canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

  SFA talks about college’s COVID-19 preparations

  Deep East Texas exhibitors react to Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo shut down

  Nacogdoches ISD takes advantage of Spring Break to deep clean schools

  Nacogdoches political parties sticking to convention schedule despite COVID-19 concerns

  First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches continues $2.5 million expansion