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

  Residents attend active shooter forum directed more for the non-first-responder

  Longtime SFA benefactor Ed Cole dies at age of 97

  Preparations underway in Nacogdoches County for 2020 elections

  Lufkin fire marshal: Cause of house fire on S. First Street still unknown

  Nacogdoches health clinic marks World AIDS Day every day through its work

Model train engineer says, ‘All aboard’, in Nacogdoches

  Bags 2 Mats in Nacogdoches helps the homeless

Fire trucks from three cities called to Norbord fire in Nacogdoches

  SFA Lumberjacks stick to promise, serve meals to needy after big victory against Duke

FROM VICTORS TO SERVICE: Fresh off upset win, SFA Lumberjacks serve needy for Thanksgiving

  ’Please help us find him’: Shelby County family pleads for help in search for missing man

  Lufkin City Council votes to sell industrial park, purchase smaller one

  Groups join together to help clean area on Angelina River

  Typewriter poet pounds out poems in 20 minutes

  Qualifying East Texans can now apply for new home septic systems

  SFA student, bladesmith to compete on ‘Forged in Fire’

  Snake Woman Garden at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site tended by volunteers

  NISD board hears from superintendent search firms

  U.S. Capitol Christmas tree makes stop in downtown Lufkin

Traffic signals in use on SH 103 bridge during erosion repairs

  First responders give Nacogdoches health science students up-close look at potential careers

  ‘Thankful’ mother of 3 recalls Lufkin student waking her as fire destroyed home

  Texas Forest Country holds 2019 Economic Development Summit in Lufkin

  Native American group brings show of culture, heritage to SFA campus

  SFA ROTC program one of 16 in nation invited to compete in West Point military competition

  Local, state officials break ground on $200 million Rusk State Hospital upgrade

  East Texas students engage with senatorial, congressional candidates during tour of colleges

  Woman suffrage living history speaker delivers message in Nacogdoches

  Voters approve $10.5 million bond to help Alto ISD rebuild in wake of tornado

  Victim speaks out about multiple shootings that left one man dead in Nacogdoches County