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

City Beat: Entertainment is the same as it ever was

Published Dec. 27 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, it's time to take a quick look back and quicker look ahead.

Club Scene Calendar - Dec. 27-Jan. 3

Published Dec. 27 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, even you, Randy

Published Dec. 25 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, first of all. Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the family.


'Christmas Songs and Stories' with John Berry airs on Christmas Eve

Published Dec. 24 2017

The John Berry concert that was filmed in the Walker Theatre inside Memorial Auditorium on Dec. 15 will be shown...

City Beat: Great year continues for Mitch Rossell

Published Dec. 20 2017

Country singer/songwriter Mitch Rossell, a Silverdale Baptist Academy graduate, uses a baseball analogy to describe the advice that he has...

Club Scene Calendar - Dec. 20-27

Published Dec. 20 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

David Barbe brings songs from new solo effort to Revelry Room

Published Dec. 20 2017

When he was first approached about being a teacher at the University of Georgia in Athens, David Barbe was working...

Hank Jr., Mitch Rossell, Delbert McClinton coming to Riverbend

Published Dec. 19 2017

Hank Williams Jr., Delbert McClinton, Gangstagrass, Shadowboxers and Mitch Rossell are the first announced acts for Riverbend 2018.

Off the Couch: Only 6 shopping days left until Christmas

Published Dec. 18 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I owe you a huge apology.

Richie Walls shares his movie expertise at next Backlot gathering

Published Dec. 15 2017

Chattanooga native Richie Walls, a partner/producer/manager with Whitener Entertainment Group, will have a seemingly simple message for those who gather...

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,...

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...


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....

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"...