The Chattanooga Times Free Press received seven first-place awards in the Tennessee Associated Press 2017 journalism awards, including an honor for the state's top journalist.
Kendi A. Rainwater, who covers education for the Times Free Press, was named Tennessee's Journalist of the Year. The awards honor reporting done in 2016. Rainwater's coverage last year included reporting on the Ooltewah High School rape, the Woodmore Elementary School bus crash and the resignation of Rick Smith as Hamilton County Schools superintendent. She also reported and wrote many stories dealing with traditional education issues such as teacher performance, UTC's effort to train teachers and other topics.
The Times Free Press received seven first-place awards, two second-place awards, four third-place awards and one honorable mention in the contest sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University's School of Journalism.
Besides Rainwater's honor, other first-place awards were in the categories of: