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."
Findings by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services shows how COVID-19 is spread throughout Nacogdoches County. It also provided information on when to expect a spike in COVID 19 cases. Donna McCollum has more.
SFA introduced its fixed-rate tuition option this month. Marketing of the plan that freezes tuition and fees for four years has begun for students entering SFA this fall. The guaranteed tuition plan may not be for every student. It comes down to personal choice.
One Texas game warden called it the biggest poaching case he would ever work in his career. The poaching investigation began in Colorado but relied on Texas game wardens to gain the missing links on a Chireno resident.
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas conducts its tribal chiefs inauguration in Polk County. Chiefs serve a lifetime role, so the ceremony isn't held that often. The sacred ceremony follows tradition while also emphasizing the importance of preparing for the future.
A Nacogdoches-based certified protection professional said there is a “frenzy" of renewed interest in security in the days that follow a church shooting. The founder of Safe to Worship said there are two types of reactions.
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.