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...

Rhea County native making cultural connections between Chattanooga and Tono, Japan [photos]

Published Apr. 30 2017

Last May, Alex Hughey was looking square in the eye of graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree...

Second season of Broadway at the Tivoli announced [photos]

Published Apr. 27 2017

Old and new favorites and extra perks for series subscribers mark the second season of Broadway at the Tivoli.

Dawes stays the course while experimenting with sound

Published Apr. 27 2017

For Dawes bass player Wylie Gelber, the goal of each of the four bandmates is pretty simple.

Aeges brings hard-driving rock 'n' roll to Track 29

Published Apr. 27 2017

For any band, staying true to itself can be a tricky thing. It's important to grow and develop, but there...

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.

Paula Poundstone brings her stand-up comedy to Track 29

Published Apr. 27 2017

Like a lot of comedians working today, Paula Poundstone has an active social media footprint and does more than just...

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.