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

  Crews dismantle enormous tree that toppled during early morning storms in Nacogdoches

  Respect Institute graduates take on public speaking

  Improvements proposed for Nacogdoches airport to further city’s economic development

  Project HOPE makes final preparations to open ‘Jo’s Diner’ to help feed community

  Nacogdoches City Council approves permit for proposed ballpark to move forward

  Creativity meets ingenuity as kids explore Nacogdoches Public Library’s ‘cardboard challenge’

  Alto ISD preparing new portable buildings to serve as classrooms

Nacogdoches residents advised not to play in Lanana Creek following major sewer line break

  Assistant manager of Caddo Mounds historic site inspiring others while still at husband’s side in hospital

  Salvage operation underway at Davy Crockett National Forest; local mills to benefit from tornado damage

  Donation funds cardboard baler, which will streamline recycle process for City of Nacogdoches

  Nacogdoches community voices concern for Walmart employees following fire

  Police identify suspect in fire at Nacogdoches Walmart; store closed due to damage

  Texas AgriForestry summit offers ranchers summary of services, networking opportunities

  Nacogdoches hosts 30th Texas Blueberry Festival thanks to volunteers

  Texas AgriForestry group takes tour of Nacogdoches, Cherokee counties ahead of annual summit

  Modern playscapes going up in two Nacogdoches parks

  Webxtra: Cycling with parrots Precious and Obedient

  Two East Texas team ropers to compete at College National Finals Rodeo

  Timber industry experts explain why China tariffs wouldn’t seriously impact East Texas markets

  Nacogdoches library buys in to graphic novels growing popularity among young readers

  City of Nacogdoches planning sewer, landfill improvements

  New Texas law will allow law officers to use military service toward certification

  Nacogdoches County resident honors brother he never knew on Memorial Day

  Game wardens stress safety as many East Texans prepare for Memorial Day weekend

  San Augustine, Jasper ISDs awarded grant to help ‘reconstruct’ future of former students

  One month after tornado, signs of slow, steady recovery evident in San Augustine County

  FULL CIRCLE: NICU nurse working at hospital where she was prematurely born

  Webxtra: Flooding along the scenic Nacogdoches trails

  Nacogdoches city leaders warn to watch your step on washed-out trails