Donna McCollum

Donna McCollum

Reporter/MMJ

East Texas

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."

Education:

  • Texas State University

Recent Articles by Donna

New Nacogdoches and Lufkin mayors meet this week

  Nacogdoches ISD's McMichael Middle School flooding forces virtual learning

Nacogdoches education organizations celebrating 90 years

  Angelina College reacts to Biden’s free tuition proposal

Bad weather, pandemic force completion date of new Emeline Carpenter Elementary School back

  Medicaid waiver expiration could impact East Texas healthcare services

Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches bounces back after a year hiatus

  Deep East Texas museums renovate, reopen amidst COVID-19 pandemic

  SMART Tag system launches at Nacogdoches ISD

Nacogdoches chapter of Daughters of American Revolution celebrate 95th anniversary

SFA Gardens deciding which plants stay, which ones go

  Staffing concerns over state nursing contracts ending mid-May

  Destruction to Construction: Remembering the April 13, 2019 tornado

  Rep. Travis Clardy on Election Reform proposal of HB 6

New Mission Nac program offers affordable first-time houses

SFA student group hosts survivor for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Nacogdoches High School one of many schools to dismiss online STAAR testing until Wednesday

Organization hopes to improve accessibility at Nacogdoches’ Old University Building

City of Nacogdoches to allow return of public events, park and pavilion rentals

Nacogdoches County launches online COVID-19 vaccine registration portal

  ‘Windows to Heaven’ or icon writing spiritually calls to Nacogdoches woman

‘Out of nowhere:’ Cleanup effort underway in Mount Enterprise in wake of storm

Nacogdoches Rodeo contestants make up for lost time

Why don’t more people run for Nacogdoches city council? Candidates have their views

Mobile vaccine truck ready, waiting for vaccine for Deep East Texas residents

New legislation targets Nacogdoches County election concerns

SFA partners with Nacogdoches High School for new ‘distinguished’ program

  Nacogdoches, SFA aim to use student nurses for COVID-19 vaccines this summer

Nacogdoches ISD District Support Center now open

Nacogdoches Rodeo and Steer Show to go on with restrictions