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

Broadband initiative discussed at virtual summit by Texas Forest Country Partnership

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

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

  WATCH: Lovelady running back eludes several tackles on touchdown run

SFA announces academic partnership with Texas A&M

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

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

‘Generous’ donation opens door for Nacogdoches food pantry’s expansion

City of Nacogdoches suggest alternative Halloween activities amid pandemic

  WATCH: Timpson’s Trey Davis turns nothing into 80-yard score

Deep East Texas health providers prepare for eventual COVID-19 vaccine administration

Nacogdoches Library reopens in limited capacity after serving community needs during pandemic

Nacogdoches County students show livestock during drastically different Piney Woods Fair

Nacogdoches ISD dealing with learning curve presented by distance learning

Nacogdoches ISD makes significant purchase of quality PPE for employees

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nacogdoches ISD transportation department moves into $3.3 million facility