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

Staff development at Nacogdoches ISD focuses on new procedures

Texas Restaurant Association CEO works to prevent restaurant closures due to COVID-19

Nacogdoches ISD board partnering with state to buy computers, hotspots, supplies for students

Nacogdoches ISD moves back start date to Aug. 31

Efforts to reopen longterm care visitation too late for some in Nacogdoches

East Texas organization gets $5 million in CARES funding to assist with electric bills

State releases COVID-19 spread report to Nacogdoches County

  Hotel Fredonia preps for reopening restaurants

  Alto ISD superintendent reflects on year since tornado, new storm damage

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site closes days before marking one year since tornado

Nurse who serves in nation’s COVID-19 hotspot says Texas has much to learn

Nacogdoches ISD takes advantage of Spring Break to deep clean schools

Nacogdoches political parties sticking to convention schedule despite COVID-19 concerns

Man makes catch of a lifetime on Lake Nacogdoches

Construction on major U.S. 59 flyover project ‘moving along well’, TxDOT Lufkin says

  Marshall native, legendary boxer George Foreman in Nacogdoches for film festival

SFA offering two tuition plans to students in fall semester

Texas, Colorado game wardens work together to convict Nacogdoches County man in ‘major’ poaching case

  Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Chiefs inauguration observes tradition for benefit of future generations

  Expert predicts renewed interest in security following Texas church shooting

  Police arrest Nacogdoches woman in connection with drugs given out at school

Child given meth by another child shares what happened at Fredonia Elementary in Nacogdoches

  Bags 2 Mats in Nacogdoches helps the homeless

SFA Lumberjacks stick to promise, serve meals to needy after big victory against Duke

Local, state officials break ground on $200 million Rusk State Hospital upgrade

Voters approve $10.5 million bond to help Alto ISD rebuild in wake of tornado

  Bring in the plants prior to freeze warning

East Texas water planning group focus on preparing for future needs of region

Texas sheriff: Groom-to-be said he robbed bank to pay for wedding ring, venue

  Diverse RV industry combined with diverse customer base will help during industry slump