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."
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.
The season's first freeze warning is coming about three weeks earlier than normal. Lots of freshly planted annuals are in the ground. Plant nursery owner Mark Carpenter helps you how to protect your investment.
While the school district’s students are enjoying their summer break, Alto ISD employees will be busy preparing newly delivered portable buildings to serve as high school classrooms before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
To fully understand Jeff Williams' remarkable survival, you must know he was in this replica of a Caddo grass house. The president of The Friends of Caddo Mounds and other volunteers labored for months building it by Caddo methods. “And I can't believe I was in a grass house in a F-3 tornado
An East Texas man serving a life sentence without parole is scheduled to marry a woman who helped convict him of capital murder. The relationship is between Lester Butcher of Chandler and Mary Martin, who lives in Nacogdoches. Both are 56 years old.
More updates now on the status of Sam Rayburn Reservoir's level.It's holding steady at 171 feet. The Corps of Engineers is monitoring the lake and report it's doing its job--flood control.Still some East Texans wonder why no water has yet to be released from Rayburn.