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...

Russell Gulley brings sound, history to Ziggy's

Published Feb. 23 2017

Russell Gulley was not one of the famed Swampers that provided the Muscle Shoals sound for legendary recordings by everyone...

City Beat: Glory days at Big Mac remembered

Published Feb. 23 2017

The 1977 Mocs basketball team was honored on the 40th anniversary of its Division II national championship during ceremonies at...

Club Scene Calendar - Feb. 23-March 1

Published Feb. 23 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Black Jacket Symphony bringing Queen's 'A Night at the Opera' to the Tivoli

Published Feb. 20 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, I know we mention them every single time they're here, but what Black Jacket Symphony does is...

ArtsBuild changing how it funds arts organizations

Published Feb. 19 2017

ArtsBuild has some big changes in store for how it allocates funding and who can get it.

Chattanooga's Songbirds guitar museum featured in USA Today [video]

Published Feb. 17 2017

The recently opened Songbirds guitar museum in Chattanooga is featured in a story in today's USA Today online.

Almost 30 decorative art professionals from around the country visit for Chattanooga workshops

Published Feb. 17 2017

If you've driven down McCallie Avenue in the last three years, you've seen Ali Kay's work. She painted the mural...

Easy Bistro's Erik Niel earns James Beard honor

Published Feb. 16 2017

Easy Bistro and Main Street Meats chef and owner Erik Niel was named a regional James Beard finalist for his...

Muddy Magnolias turning expectations upside down

Published Feb. 16 2017

Jessy Wilson didn't know she had Mavis Staples hidden inside her until she and singing partner Kallie North decided to...

City Beat: Shaking my head at Southside Social kerfuffle

Published Feb. 16 2017

I had to scratch my head over all of the hubbub over the weekend regarding management of the popular Southside...

Comedian Kathleen Madigan checks next show off her perpetually short to-do list

Published Feb. 16 2017

Kathleen Madigan readily admits she's not a Type A personality, the kind of person who wakes up every day and...


Club Scene Calendar - Feb. 16-22

Published Feb. 16 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Chattanooga songwriter Nick Lutsko turns Trump tweets into early 2000s Emo rock

Published Feb. 14 2017

The new video had been seen about 11 million times on Facebook alone and had been shared, retweeted or mentioned...

Chad Caroland wrote, sung, played and produced tracks on his new CD

Published Feb. 13 2017

Even while in high school, Chad Caroland planned to one day record an album of his own music. That desire...

Off the Couch: 'Chicago' one way to impress your valentine

Published Feb. 13 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, I was going to write you a 'Roses are red, violets are blue' poem for Valentine's Day,...

Hunter Museum exhibit features works from artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican descent

Published Feb. 12 2017

The nearly 70 pieces that make up the new 'Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art' are as diverse...

Baylor School student wants to be an astronaut and land on Mars

Published Feb. 10 2017

Like some high school students, Baylor School senior Niko Blanks has plans to get as far away as he possible...

Restaurant review: Bolton's spices up Brainerd dining

Published Feb. 9 2017

As a longtime Brainerd resident, I'm always happy to see a good new restaurant move into the area. And it's...

City Beat: Dennis Haskins' role as big man on campus continues

Published Feb. 9 2017

Dennis Haskins continues to be a big man on campus. Best known for his role as Mr. Belding on 'Saved...