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

Grammy-nominated Infamous Stringdusters stop at Revelry Room

Published Dec. 13 2017

It was just the other day that Andy Falco and his bandmates in The Infamous Stringdusters learned their latest album,...

James Rogers returns 'Home for Christmas' at The Colonnade

Published Dec. 13 2017

James Rogers has been entertaining people here and in upper East Tennessee for more than 40 years, but presenting his...

John Berry bringing Christmas show to Chattanooga

Published Dec. 13 2017

For 21 years, John Berry has presented a Christmas concert and for 21 years, it has never been presented here....

City Beat: A holiday music special like no other [video]

Published Dec. 13 2017

I continue to be blown away by the amount of musical talent that exists in our area, and also at...

Club Scene Calendar - Dec. 13-21

Published Dec. 13 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Christmas music is off the charts in the Chattanooga area

Published Dec. 11 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, I have taken a look at everything on the Christmas entertainment to-do list, and it's enough to...

Ben's big win: CSLA student takes top honors in gift wrap contest

Published Dec. 10 2017

When 9-year-old Ben Alverson, a third-grader at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, stops to think about kids all over...

Doyle Dykes promises a special night at Songbirds Guitar Museum

Published Dec. 6 2017

For fans of guitar players and guitar music, it might be inconceivable to think that someone like Doyle Dykes has...

Courters' Kitchen: An easier way to make a classic holiday manicotti [video]

Published Dec. 6 2017

KELLEY SAYS: Manicotti is a family favorite and one that I don't do a lot because my usual method is...

City Beat: New Smith & Wesley song benefits St. Jude

Published Dec. 6 2017

If you haven't seen it yet, you might want to check out the new video for "Superman For a Day"...

Club Scene Calendar - Dec. 6-13

Published Dec. 6 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

St. Vincent, Lucero among first acts set to play Chattanooga's newest music venue

Published Dec. 4 2017

St. Vincent and Lucero are the first scheduled acts set to play Chattanooga's newest music venue, The Signal. The initial...


Off the Couch: Time to practice 'Hallelujah,' 'Be Our Guest'

Published Dec. 4 2017

LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, I do well to get through "Jingle Bells" without my voice cracking — or that...

Tickets going on sale for Cirque du Soleil's 'Corteo' at McKenzie Arena

Published Dec. 3 2017

Tickets for the May 10 Cirque du Soleil show "Corteo" will go on sale Friday at McKenzie Arena, but Cirque...

Come inside: Ferger Place home tour coincides with Saturday's MainX24 events

Published Dec. 1 2017

Ruth Ann Graham is up front about why she wanted to help organize a tour of homes in the Ferger...

City Beat: PB & Holiday Jam features local stars [video]

Published Nov. 29 2017

For almost a year and a half now, the Times Free Press has been hosting a thing called Music Wednesdays...

The Secret Sisters return to town after meteoric rise, fall and rebirth

Published Nov. 29 2017

If it weren't all true, the story of the Secret Sisters' almost meteoric rise, fall and rebirth would seem too...

Genesis the Greykid presents annual art showcase

Published Nov. 29 2017

A little over a year ago, local poet/artist/writer Genesis the Greykid traveled via foot and rail from here to California...

Club Scene Calendar - Nov. 29-Dec. 6

Published Nov. 29 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

UTC students work on advocacy in real life by helping scholars at risk

Published Nov. 27 2017

For some of the students in Dr. Jessica Auchter's "Scholars and Journalists at Risk" Honors College class at the University...