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

  Nacogdoches leaders explain the complexity behind the new mask-wearing proclamation

  Residents, business owners in Nacogdoches react to mask proclamation

  Face coverings, flexible scheduling headline SFA’s plans for Fall 2020 semester

  Daycare owner talks about reinstated COVID-19 precautions

Work nearing completion on East Austin Street in Nacogdoches

Ralph W. Steen East Texan of the Year award presented to Nacogdoches business owner

  Totally online degree for sports-minded at SFA

  Nacogdoches County striving toward conservative spending for 2021

  Nacogdoches ISD cancels summer school to give students a break

  Nacogdoches community leaders discuss whether face masks should be mandated

  High school cheer, drill teams adapt to COVID-19

  Texas A&M Forest Service says summer wildfire season off to early start

  Workforce Solutions reopens Lufkin and Nacogdoches offices ahead of key dates for unemployment benefits

  Nacogdoches County election coordinator discusses purchases related to COVID-19 precautions

  Telehealth and support line improve mental health services for rural East Texans

  Restaurant inspections resume as more eateries reopen in Nacogdoches

  Smaller Texas towns’ increased sales tax revenue not expected to continue

  Emergency management planners discuss challenges for natural disaster shelters during COVID-19

  Task force examines logistics, safety for returning SFA students

  Nacogdoches Medical Center provides COVID-19 latest

  Some Nacogdoches County United Way agencies receiving extra funding due to pandemic

  Nacogdoches County judge examines future of jury selection, trials after COVID-19

  Small businesses COVID-19 relief revisions approved

  GETCAP receives emergency funds to help 20-county region with energy assistance during COVID-19

East Texas organization gets $5 million in CARES funding to assist with electric bills

  Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas reopening

  Nacogdoches leaders offer a word to their community following death of George Floyd

  Nacogdoches independent bookstore gets a little help from community

  Families flock to Splash Kingdom in Nacogdoches as park reopens with COVID-19 restrictions

  COVID-19 testing expedited at Nacogdoches County jail after inmate tests positive