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: Why can't I throw junk away?

Published Nov. 2 2017

What pushes your buttons?

SouthWord Literary Feast is a unique chance to meet your writing heroes

Published Nov. 2 2017

It's not often that a book reader is able to meet, much less have a conversation with a favorite author....

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...


Courters' Kitchen: Pumpkin Apple Crostinis have big flavor in a small bite [video]

Published Nov. 1 2017

KELLEY SAYS: We recently found ourselves in the gift shop at Chateau Elan in Brasselton, Ga., near Atlanta while celebrating...

Off the Couch: Bluegrass, Victor Wooten this week

Published Oct. 30 2017

Lisa, do you have big Halloween plans for tomorrow night?

Jazz brings this quintet together [photos]

Published Oct. 29 2017

When Clare Donohue came to the Chattanooga area a few years ago to help a friend battling some health issues,...

Cynthia Tollefsrud, Jim Kransberger featured at River Gallery

Published Oct. 29 2017

Sometimes artists are driven to create what they do based solely on inspiration. Sometimes, physical limitations also factor into the...

Lutheran Reformation Hymn Festival Sunday

Published Oct. 28 2017

First Lutheran Church, 2800 McCallie Ave., will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation on Sunday at 5:30 p.m....

'A control freak's dream': Bela Fleck's thoughts on composing two concertos

Published Oct. 26 2017

Bela Fleck is arguably the world's most-respected banjo player, and he has made it his mission to broaden people's perception...

Something Wicked comes to Station Street on Saturday

Published Oct. 26 2017

On Saturday, Station Street will play host to Something Wicked on Station Street.

Diamond Dogs to perform in Calhoun

Published Oct. 26 2017

A David Bowie Tribute, a Chattanooga-based band, will perform Saturday.

Restaurant review: Variety, flavor separate Conga from the rest

Published Oct. 26 2017

This is one in a series of reviews featuring our staff's favorite places to dine.


Published Oct. 26 2017

AJ'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL — Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. karaoke, free. 6238 Bonny Oaks Drive. 423-485-9080.

Archivists invite public to digitize their war memorabilia

Published Oct. 24 2017

As part of the 100-year observation of World War I (1914-1918), the Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville has...

Off the Couch: Bela Fleck concerto Thursday

Published Oct. 23 2017

Bela Fleck, arguably the world's foremost banjo player, will be in town on Thursday

Spectrum brings two nights of fun and art to Hunter [photos]

Published Oct. 22 2017

Art fans who like to have a little fun while they peruse will have two chances in November when the...

City Beat: Do we need a food, music identity?

Published Oct. 19 2017

For the last several decades, Chattanooga has been doing a lot of soul-searching, or at least it has been doing...

Turnpike Troubadours performing at Memorial Auditorium's Walker Theatre

Published Oct. 19 2017

If you like your country music dusty, the kind of dusty you get from stomping your boots on a dirt...

Off the Couch: Chef Jon Ashton visits Scenic City for Savor Live at Tivoli Theatre

Published Oct. 16 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, I know you have a cottage industry going as a food contest judge around town, but do...

WTVC personality Don Welch dies

Published Oct. 15 2017

Don Welch, the local TV personality who at various times during his 52-year career worked at all three local television...