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."
Nacogdoches Mayor Jimmy Mize is ending his first week with the title. Before taking office, the unopposed candidate visited legislators in Austin. This week he stuck closer to home. Mayor Jimmy Mize knows all about the many generations which kept the Nacogdoches-Lufkin rival alive,
A among the proposals in President Joe Biden’s American Family Plan is one that would essentially make community college tuition-free. KTRE’s Donna McCollum spoke with Angelina College Executive Director of Marketing and Strategic Enrollment Krista Brown about the proposal.
The Texas Forestry Museum reopened its doors for the first time since the pandemic. It’s completely remodeled, has new exhibits and lots of fun for the whole family. Museum director Kendall Gay says a lot of hard work was put into the exhibits
The Nacogdoches Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated the chapter’s 95th anniversary. Over the decades, members have celebrated principals which shaped the city and its education. Today the service was celebrated.
HOUSE BILL 6, THE SWEEPING ELECTIONS REFORM BILL, MADE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE THURSDAY. TODAY REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE TRAVIS CLARDY AND A MEMBER OF THE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE SPOKE ON THE BILL'S PROGRESS.
The Federation of Women’s Clubs manages the Nacogdoches landmark, The Old University Building. Currently, members are conducting a Capital Campaign to improve accessibility by adding an elevator and handicapped restrooms and making the building handicapped accessible.
In response to the recent lifting of Governor Abbott’s COVID-19 safety protocols regarding public gatherings and with full and enthusiastic support of city council, the City of Nacogdoches is pleased to announce the immediate return of public events as well as the resuming of park and pavilion renta
The Nacogdoches City Council election isn't until May, but it's safe to say who is likely to be the next mayor. Two out of the three races are unopposed. Candidates talk about the decisions people make about running for the unpaid public service positions.
Stephen F. Austin State University administrators and Nacogdoches High School announced their partnership in the newly launched SFA Distinguished High School Program. NHS is the first of five partner schools chosen to participate.
The pandemic led to the cancellation of last year’s Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show. This year the possibility threatened to repeat itself, but organizers are confident it will go forward on March 25-27 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center.