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

Robert Earl Keen's Fam-O-Lee brings Christmas show to Scenic City

Published Nov. 23 2017

For many people, and one could argue most people, the image of Christmas involves colored lights, stockings hung over a...

City Beat: Something special about high school teams

Published Nov. 23 2017

Allow me to brag a little bit, but my beloved Fighting Irish high school football team will be playing for...

Club Scene Calendar - Nov. 23-29

Published Nov. 23 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.


Off the Couch: The holidays are here; pass the cranberry sauce

Published Nov. 20 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, are you a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full kind of person?

Instructors lead by example in annual show at Exum Gallery

Published Nov. 19 2017

The Chattanooga Area Art Instructors Annual Show is currently on display in the Exum Gallery at St. Paul's Episcopal Church...

City Beat: SoundCorps, Riverbend team up for local acts

Published Nov. 16 2017

Riverbend Festival and SoundCorps have partnered to come up with a new application process for local artists interested in performing...

Club Scene Calendar - Nov. 16-22

Published Nov. 16 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Christmas creep is not a Dickens character

Published Nov. 13 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, when I first heard the term "Christmas creep," I thought it was some character in a Dickens...

Using 'The Force' to fight bullying

Published Nov. 10 2017

When Christina Glidden says that she is a geek with a deep passion for science fiction, technology and all things...

City Beat: Entercom/CBS Radio enters the market

Published Nov. 9 2017

Not too much was made locally of the announcement last week that Entercom/CBS Radio reached a settlement with the U.S....

Club Scene Calendar - Nov. 9-15

Published Nov. 9 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Ethan Gruska is scoring his life's soundtrack

Published Nov. 9 2017

It is probably only natural that Ethan Gruska would grow up making music. He's been surrounded by it since birth....


Fare Exchange: Heath bars, messy garlic and crock-pot cooking

Published Nov. 8 2017

Good morning, good seekers and finders and cooks of all things delicious.

Have chair, will travel: Local blogger wins national travel journalism award

Published Nov. 7 2017

Like many new college graduates, Cory Lee Woodard, 26, was looking for a way to build a career using his...

Local man likes how first-person-view drones give operator more flight control

Published Nov. 6 2017

A couple of times a week, Clarence Buttram takes his first-person-view drone to a nearby park or field and puts...

Off the Couch: Scoring for film is a family affair

Published Nov. 6 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you might not have heard of Ethan Gruska, but you know his grandfather.

Elevate helps artists up their games [photo gallery]

Published Nov. 5 2017

For the last three years, Townsend Atelier, an art studio and gallery now located in The Arts Building on 11th...

Faith Briefs

Published Nov. 4 2017

Music, fundraisers, programs and events around the region.

City Beat: Why can't I throw junk away?

Published Nov. 2 2017

What pushes your buttons?

Victor Wooten: 'I wanted to take people on a trip'

Published Nov. 2 2017

As the youngest of five boys, Victor Wooten got not only the well-practiced wisdom of his parents, he had examples...