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."
The “For the Future” House District-11 Town Hall on Public Education, is part of a series of over 50 public education candidate events that the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation will be hosting across the state through the 2020 elections.
KTRE’s Donna McCollum reports the increased number of people seeking covid-19 testing as a precautionary measure prior to Thanksgiving travel and gatherings. At the same time, health professionals warn not to let tests send a false sense of security.
Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, Nacogdoches ISD’s superintendent, said on Friday that he supports assessment tests this year, including the STARR, but he doesn’t think the polarizing test should be used for accountability during this unprecedented school year.
Sowell, the Main Street director for Nacogdoches. “Imagine your business, imagine owning a piece of downtown real estate and so it’s really a tour for people to look at buildings on the market right now.”
A partnership between Stephen F. Austin State University and a Texas A&M research and education center is sealed. SFA’s College of Education will be offering a degree through the A&M ‘RELLIS’ Academic Alliance in Bryan.