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 High School football on hold due to COVID-19 case

  Fine arts teachers at SFA get creative amidst COVID-19 pandemic

  Mail-in ballots delayed after ruling in favor of Green Party candidates

  Nacogdoches ISD dealing with learning curve presented by distance learning

  City of Nacogdoches creates grant program to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19

  “So far, the numbers are manageable” according to SFA dean of student affairs on COVID-19 data

  Nacogdoches ISD makes significant purchase of quality PPE for employees

  Forest Festival date/place changes reflect event industry challenges

  Elementary school in Nacogdoches holds last first day of school at current location

  Third time’s a charm: Students return for Nacogdoches ISD first day of school

  Nacogdoches ISD distributes laptops, smart devices ahead of new school year

  WEBXTRA: Nacogdoches ISD wraps up laptop distribution for virtual learning

  Nacogdoches builds list for $1.8 million in CARES Act dollars

  City council to consider subsidy to help struggling travel industry in Nacogdoches

  Nacogdoches ISD busy preparing hundreds of laptops for first day of school

  Evacuees in Nacogdoches for safety helping economy hurt by COVID-19

  Hurricane evacuees wait for word on when to return home as they take shelter in Nacogdoches

  Nacogdoches churches prepare to potentially serve as Red Cross shelters

  Nacogdoches Civic Center transforms into evacuation shelter ahead of Hurricane Laura

Nacogdoches ISD votes to delay school start date to Sept. 8

  Nacogdoches County response team: ‘Good idea to prepare’ for flooding, high winds associated with Hurricane Laura

  SFA welcomes students back for first day of classes on campus

  Returning SFA profs appreciate safeguards; still have COVID-19 worries

  SFA president delivers virtual convocation as university prepares for unprecedented Fall 2020 semester

  Nacogdoches ISD urges parents to register students

  Nacogdoches ISD stresses importance of registering students ahead of school year

  Analyst suggests manufacturing industry ‘slowly recovering’ from COVID-19′s impact

  Nacogdoches County hoping to improve EOC through Pilgrim’s Pride grant

  Nacogdoches city manager has first week on the job

  Freshman move-in day dramatically different due to COVID-19 precautions on SFA campus