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

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

  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

  Change in Texas sexual assault laws benefit victims looking for justice, better tracks cases

  Witnesses recall moments leading up to deputy-involved shooting in Nacogdoches County

  New law enables Texas patients to see physical therapist without physician referral

  Alto ISD embraces challenges of new school year as students return for first day

  Temporary plan underway as Caddo Mounds site prepares $2.5 million rebuild project

Nacogdoches deacon gives insight on working with asylum seekers on Texas border, violence in El Paso

Caddo Mounds Historic Site volunteers vow to rebuild grass house destroyed by tornado

Respect Institute graduates take on public speaking

Alto ISD preparing new portable buildings to serve as classrooms

  Police identify suspect in fire at Nacogdoches Walmart; store closed due to damage

  Game wardens stress safety as many East Texans prepare for Memorial Day weekend

Professor invites Alto tornado victims to take part in group therapy session at SFA

Search organizers recruiting volunteers to help recover items from Caddo Mounds site

  President of Friends of Caddo Mounds in grass house when tornado hit

  Caddo spirit brings tornado survivors together

  RAW VIDEO: Nacogdoches police release dashcam video in use-of-force incident involving officer

Nacogdoches High School students showcase police training which earned state recognition

  New study shows life expectancy of Texans by ZIP code, race, gender

Lawmaker files bill to increase access to high-speed internet in rural areas of Texas

  Wedding planned between felon serving life sentence, East Texas juror who handed down guilty verdict

  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Sam Rayburn Reservoir’s current level is not cause for concern