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

  Nacogdoches County agriculturists working to recover from winter storms

  Senator Nichols, Rep. Clardy on ERCOT power grid failure

American Red Cross of Southeast and Deep East Texas continue to help region

  Nac Snack Fridays kicks off in Nacogdoches Downtown Square tomorrow

  Rep. Clardy seeks accountability for statewide power outages

  Nacogdoches ISD cleaning up after winter storm causes damage

  Falling oak tree narrowly missed napping Nacogdoches man

  SFA beef farm foreman works to protect livestock from the elements

  Nacogdoches officials: More COVID-19 vaccines are coming

  Texas Rental Assistance Program to launch on Monday

  SFA class ring missing for decades returned to owner

  Burke outlines legislative priorities to serve mental health services

  Nacogdoches crews continue limb pickup from January snowfall

  Students eager that Houston Jr. Livestock Show to continue in March, despite Rodeo cancellation

  Angelina County Health District uses Brookshire Bros. list to administer COVID-19 vaccines

  Smoke alarms for the deaf donated to Etoile VFD

Log truck overturns turning onto Loop 224 in Nacogdoches

  Virtual job fair provides opportunities through Deep East Texas

  SFA regents set goals following revenue decrease, enrollment drop

SFA Beef Barn shown off to SFA regents

Loss of subsidies to telecommunication providers may impact service to rural customers

  Nacogdoches ISD and schools statewide waiting on school funding decision

  Stephen F. Austin hosts COVID-19 vaccine shot clinic

  WebXtra: Chlorine negatively affecting Etoile water supply

  WATCH: Nacogdoches fire chief gives commissioners COVID-19 update

  Nacogdoches COVID-19 Call Center recognized as ‘Do-Gooder’

  SFA hosting COVID-19 shot clinic through Nacogdoches Medical Center

  Rep. Travis Clardy expects legislators will be busy, but not with new bills

  Brookshire Brothers stores struggle to meet vaccine demand

  Nacogdoches law enforcement providing extra patrol prior to inauguration