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

Rep. Clardy seeks accountability for statewide power outages

Nacogdoches ISD cleaning up after winter storm causes damage

  Falling oak tree narrowly missed napping Nacogdoches man

Texas Rental Assistance Program to launch on Monday

SFA class ring missing for decades returned to owner

  Nacogdoches crews continue limb pickup from January snowfall

Angelina County Health District uses Brookshire Bros. list to administer COVID-19 vaccines

Smoke alarms for the deaf donated to Etoile VFD

SFA regents set goals following revenue decrease, enrollment drop

Nacogdoches ISD and schools statewide waiting on school funding decision

  Stephen F. Austin hosts COVID-19 vaccine shot clinic

WebXtra: Chlorine negatively affecting Etoile water supply

WATCH: Nacogdoches fire chief gives commissioners COVID-19 update

  Nacogdoches law enforcement providing extra patrol prior to inauguration

Nacogdoches police investigating 2 separate shootings that struck home, vehicles

Nacogdoches to join national COVID-19 vigil recognizing lives lost to the pandemic

Nacogdoches honors Martin Luther King Jr. with service, parade

Shot clinics don’t come soon enough for those in Deep East Texas hospitals

  2nd round of Payroll Protection Program loans starts this week

  Deep East Texas residents face treacherous conditions from winter weather

18-wheeler goes off of SH 7 in Houston County due to slick conditions, jack-knifes

Nacogdoches County asks permission to implement community vaccination plan for a reason

Anonymous donation helps Nacogdoches hospital buy special COVID-19 testing equipment

  Deep East Texas region ranked third highest statewide for COVID hospitalization rate

East Texas cities, counties remain proactive during legislative session

Nacogdoches County elected officials swear in new district judge, district attorney

  COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy seen in Nacogdoches, across nation

  Restaurants, venues in East Texas seeing downturn in holiday events because of COVID-19

Nacogdoches Fire distributes bunker gear bought with CARES funding

Cause of recent fire in downtown Nacogdoches ruled as ‘undetermined’