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

Grand Thoughts: Film Fest, Base Ball highlight this week

Published Mar. 30 2030

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, we had the Lookout Wild Film Festival in town two weekends ago, and this coming weekend is...

City Beat: Second Saturdays series coming to Station Street [video]

Published Apr. 27 2017

As promised, Songbirds Guitar Museum will be presenting a free, five-part concert series on Station Street beginning May 13.

Club Scene Calendar - April 27-May 3

Published Apr. 27 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.


Off the Couch: Bethel Country Connection show, comedian Paula Poundstone on the way

Published Apr. 24 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, I don't know if you've noticed, but country star Chris Janson is coming back to Chattanooga this...

People with special needs get their time to Shine at prom [photos]

Published Apr. 23 2017

Mandi Killingsworth has been talking with girlfriends for months about what she will wear to prom in a couple of...

Study: Riverbend pumps $29.6 million into economy [photos]

Published Apr. 22 2017

The annual nine-day Riverbend Festival at Ross's Landing sees about 350,000 attendees and pumps more than $29 million into the...

City Beat: Young actor with Chattanooga roots starring in new movie

Published Apr. 20 2017

"Wild Man," the independently produced comedy, will be shown this weekend at the Nashville Film Festival and it stars George...

Club Scene Calendar - April 20-26

Published Apr. 20 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Songbirds presents classical performance and a surf guitar legend

Published Apr. 20 2017

He is admittedly biased, but Songbirds Guitar Museum President Johnny Smith says watching Kevn Kenney and the California Guitar Trio...

Chattanooga Theatre Centre names permanent executive director

Published Apr. 19 2017

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre has ended its search for a permanent executive director and has named Todd Olson to the...

Tennessee high school students compete in culinary championship

Published Apr. 17 2017

While Dylan Huett, a junior at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tenn., was busy cutting up the carrots, mushrooms...

Off the Couch: Turkuaz, 'Riverdance' highlight the week

Published Apr. 17 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, let me be the first to wish you Happy Dyngus Day.

Chattanooga Film Festival volunteers create replica of 2017 film's giant maze [photos]

Published Apr. 14 2017

In the 2017 film "Dave Made a Maze," Dave builds a cardboard maze in his living room that takes on...

City Beat: What did you do this past weekend?

Published Apr. 13 2017

Every now and then, someone who is fairly new to the city will say something about how cool or progressive...

Club Scene Calendar - April 13-19

Published Apr. 13 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Squonk's 'Pneumatica' show at Engel Stadium all about air

Published Apr. 10 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you and I both take great pride in sharing information with people. Some might call us gossips,...

Permanently grounded: Jet-Fli signs off the air, but memories remain for DJs, listeners [video]

Published Apr. 9 2017

None of the disc jockeys gathered inside the WFLI-AM 1070 studios nine days ago could remember the young lion's name,...

Nightfall lineup announced

Published Apr. 9 2017

Shawn Mullins, the singer/songwriter who had a big hit with the song "Lullaby" in 1998, will be joined by a...

Chattanooga Film Festival screening more than 100 films [video]

Published Apr. 6 2017

It's been 30 years since "The Monster Squad" premiered in movie theaters and while it did not do well on...

City Beat: Riverbend Festival acts continue to evolve

Published Apr. 6 2017

How's this for diversity: At this year's Riverbend Festival, fans will be treated to a night of patriotic country music...