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."
The threat of COVID-19 has resulted in more clinics and physicians utilizing telemedicine. The East Texas Community Health Services in Nacogdoches is the latest to use it to protect patients and staff from the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Hundreds of displaced workers suddenly laid off or furloughed are scrambling for upcoming rent money. Love In the Name of Christ with donations from the community has established a displaced workers fund to tie them over. Meanwhile, United Way, Angelina County is distributing emergency relief fund
State Representative Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches says he's 'hunkered down', which he recommends to all of east texas. At the same time, Clardy says he and his colleagues are busy dealing with the effects COVID-19 has on the state's 'regular' business.
Two school districts in San Augustine County are on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to providing online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. San Augustine ISD has computers and internet hot spots readily available to students. Broaddus ISD is dealing with dead zones and paper
Daycare and child care providers told to follow CDC guidelines in an effort to contain the spread of COVID 19. A daycare owner explains why prevention is so important, while at the same time wanting to ease parents' concerns and worry.
Stephen F. Austin State University’s president sat down with KTRE’s Donna McCollum Friday to talk about the precautionary measures SFA and other universities are taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Exhibitors and their families had a long, stressful day on Wednesday when they were told the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was being shut down. The decision put already tired people on the highway for the trip home. Exhibitors from Angelina and Nacogdoches counties share their experience