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."
Law enforcement and schools are required by law to be trained in active shooter defense. Public demand in Nacogdoches County leads to a forum focused on their questions. They are curious about possibilities that may be different from what is addressed at forums geared more for emergency workers.
SFA Lumberjack basketball team served up meals to those in need at Jo's Diner, a soup kitchen of H.O.P.E. in Nacogdoches. The night before they beat number 1 ranked Duke. Fans couldn't wait to say congratulations.
In an effort to change its strategy in order to attract new business, the Lufkin City Council has voted to sell its 95-acre industrial park off of US 103 and purchase a 35-acre lot to use as a new industrial park.
Brigette Kozash is a typewriter poet from Nacogdoches. Give her a word and she’ll pound out a poem for you in about 20 minutes. Love poems are popular requests, but so are orders for best friends, animals, places and feelings. She wrote one for reporter Donna McCollum called East Texas News.
Carrie Chapman Catt was one of the best-known women in the U.S. in the first half of the 20th century as she led the push to give women the right to vote. A Houstonian portrays her now in a living history presentation.