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

  Solid Foundation in Nacogdoches replaces gala with a shopping event

  Nacogdoches mural shows middle schoolers more thankful than you may think

  Raise Your Hand Texas to hold town hall on public education in Nacogdoches

  Nacogdoches clinics busy as people get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving

United Way announces 9 Flags Christmas Parade canceled

  Nacogdoches ISD superintendent says use STAAR test, but not for accountability

  Non-profits face challenge on how to raise money during a pandemic

  Broadband initiative discussed at virtual summit by Texas Forest Country Partnership

  Mural brings cultures together at Nacogdoches Public Library

SFA bringing a sense of ‘normalcy’ to campus amid COVID-19 resurge

  DETCOG continues effort to bring widespread broadband to 12-county region

  Nacogdoches Treatment Center Bazaar opens Thursday and Friday

  Nacogdoches ISD receives some computers, while the wait continues for others

  CEO discusses role pharmacies play in flu, future COVID-19 vaccines

  SFA scholars express importance of Kamala Harris to new generation of female leaders

  First of NacCares grant money being distributed to Nacogdoches businesses

  ‘Imagine the Possibilities’ lets potential buyers take tour of downtown Nacogdoches properties

  Detour on Raguet Street in Nacogdoches

  Rep. Trent Ashby pulls name from Speaker’s race

  Election preps include heavy lifting and wait and see on turnout

  WATCH: Lovelady running back eludes several tackles on touchdown run

  DPS denied motion to dismiss lawsuit filed against agency by troopers

  A sense of humor helps election workers with record-high early voting turnout

  SFA announces academic partnership with Texas A&M

  Job fairs seek to connect East Texans with career opportunities

  Water system in San Augustine County to receive major upgrade thanks to federal grant

  Increased testing leads to drastic decrease in COVID-19 cases at Nacogdoches County Jail

  Dispute continues over Nacogdoches zone change approved in August

  Hundreds attend free produce drop as need in Nacogdoches grows during pandemic

  East Texas Food Bank hosting free produce drop in Nacogdoches Friday