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...

Jazzanooga celebrating National Jazz Month with two events

Published Mar. 30 2017

April is National Jazz Appreciation Month and Jazzanooga, a local organization that celebrates jazz year-round, has two events on Sunday...

Chris Franjola performs at The Comedy Catch

Published Mar. 30 2017

For eight years, Chris Franjola wrote more than 1,500 bits for hit E! television show "Chelsea Lately." He's written for...

Peewee Moore, Lew Card performing at Revelry Room

Published Mar. 30 2017

Peewee Moore and the Awful Dreadful Snakes, along with Lew Card, will perform Saturday, April 1, at 9 p.m. at...

City Beat: Monday Night Social earns Nightfall spot

Published Mar. 30 2017

When we crowded into a small dressing room just off the stage inside the Robert Kirk Walker Community Theatre Saturday...

Club Scene Calendar - March 30-April 5

Published Mar. 30 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Vietnam veterans are finally welcomed home

Published Mar. 27 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I couldn't help but notice your turtle neck this morning.

Welcome home: Three-day jubilee to honor Vietnam veterans

Published Mar. 26 2017

Joe Galloway did not volunteer to be a spokesman for all of the Vietnam veterans who have felt shunned, disrespected...

Two Tennessee-based authors present discussion geared toward young readers today at Star Line Books

Published Mar. 25 2017

Two Tennessee-based authors whose works are geared toward young readers will present a discussion today at Star Line Books titled...

Crowder, Sidewalk Prophets, Jamie Grace to headline Riverbend Faith and Family Night

Published Mar. 24 2017

Sunday at McKenzie Arena, you can get a small sample of what the music will be like during this summer's...

City Beat: From experience, rescues make great pets

Published Mar. 23 2017

The annual Rescues on the Runway event to benefit the Humane Educational Society is Saturday and, while it is sold...

Road to Nightfall finals are coming up at Miller Plaza

Published Mar. 23 2017

If the five Road to Nightfall finalists have anything in common, besides each winning their respective qualifying nights, it's that...

Club Scene Calendar - March 23-29

Published Mar. 23 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Lee University student finishes internships in nation's capital

Published Mar. 21 2017

Having just met Michael DeForest, it is unclear if his exuberant personality is caffeine-based or his normal demeanor.

Off the Couch: Expect to shed tears with 'Madame Butterfly,' CSO's long-awaited return to opera

Published Mar. 20 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, as you know, I love blaring opera in my house while I wash dishes or vacuum the...

With 'Madame Butterfly,' opera takes wing again for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

Published Mar. 19 2017

When it comes to staging an opera such as "Madame Butterfly," there are obvious considerations. You'll need an orchestra, some...

Art as a message of hope and community

Published Mar. 19 2017

People entering the Family Justice Center on Uptain Road in the Eastgate Loop are often dealing with abuse and looking...

Changes on air at WGOW-FM 102.3 mornings

Published Mar. 16 2017

WGOW-FM-102.3 is shaking up its morning lineup.

City Beat: The future is here, but where will we go? [video]

Published Mar. 16 2017

The city's Southside continues to grow and flourish, and we got a big taste of that this past week.

Club Scene Calendar - March 16-22

Published Mar. 16 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.