Barry Courter (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6354
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was a news reporter at WDEF-TV 12. Barry has been married to Kelley since 1987. Their children are Jeff Soder, Jenny Mitchell, Carson Courter and Grace Courter. Contact Barry at 423-757-6354 or

Off the Couch: Another Ironman, lots of theater on agenda for Chattanooga area

Published Sep. 18 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I heard a funny comment the other day, and I thought you'd appreciate it.

LandFest opens at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee

Published Sep. 14 2017

In just four years, the Dailey & Vincent LandFest music festival outgrew its original location in Denton, N.C., and the...

City Beat: 'Superman for a Day' video shot locally

Published Sep. 14 2017

Last week, a few days before Hurricane Irma turned the skies gray and wet, I drove down to LaFayette to...

Club Scene Calendar - Sept. 14-20

Published Sep. 14 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Sam Bush, Del McCoury headline 3 Sisters Music Festival

Published Sep. 12 2017

Once again, members of the Fletcher Bright family are throwing a big free bluegrass music festival and once again, the...

Off the Couch: Catch 'The Wiz,' Tow Show and TEDx Talk

Published Sep. 11 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, have you heard that the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is doing "The Wiz"? I ask because I keep...

What's in your go-bag?

Published Sep. 10 2017

When it comes to being prepared for an emergency or natural disaster, it is always easier to look back and...

Bringing the altar to life

Published Sep. 9 2017

Mother Theodora Balaban is dressed head to toe in a black cassock and vestments so that only her face can...

Survey: The arts impact Hamilton County to the tune of $170 million

Published Sep. 7 2017

For years, arts and cultural leaders in cities and counties around the country have maintained that their organizations can have...

Former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley back on the road doing his thing

Published Sep. 7 2017

Chuck Mosley, former singer for Faith No More and Bad Brains, is back in his element.

City Beat: New Cody McCarver album due out this week

Published Sep. 7 2017

It's been a busy summer for Cody McCarver and the fruits of that work are about to pay off.

Club Scene Calendar - Sept. 7-13

Published Sep. 7 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Courters' Kitchen: This twist on beer and brats will score big points during football season [video]

Published Sep. 6 2017

KELLEY SAYS: It's football season, and that means tailgating or hosting people to watch the game.

Off the Couch: Ironman cometh with homespun festival

Published Sep. 4 2017

LISA DENTON: Happy Labor Day, Barry. I suppose a holiday specifically designed to let workers not work would be a...

City Beat: When Granny gets too friendly on Facebook

Published Aug. 31 2017

I badly sprained my ankle sliding into the catcher at home plate as an 11-year-old. While I was writhing in...

Kane Brown coming home to headline first CountryFest

Published Aug. 31 2017

Growing up, Kane Brown moved around quite a bit.

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Published Aug. 31 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Weather forcing Levitt Amp concert inside Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Published Aug. 30 2017

The Levitt Amp concert featuring Masego will move inside the Bessie Smith Cultural Center Thursday, Aug. 31, because of expected...

Off the Couch: Kane Brown returns to Chattanooga for show

Published Aug. 28 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I think we both agree that one of the best things about this job is getting to...

Kane Brown getting answers to some of life's what ifs

Published Aug. 27 2017

The night before we spoke several weeks ago, country music singer Kane Brown did something that epitomizes how his life...