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...

The Rad Trads bring high-energy show to Nightfall

Published May. 25 2017

A half dozen years ago, six musicians, all in their early 20s, found themselves meeting regularly in a Manhattan bar....

City Beat: Many lessons learned from youth sports

Published May. 25 2017

A co-worker said to me the other day that he was coaching his sons' youth league all-star teams. I had...


Club Scene Calendar - May 25-31

Published May. 25 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Locally produced documentary 'Eating You Alive' touts whole-food/plant-based diet

Published May. 24 2017

Documentarians Paul David Kennamer Jr. and Merrilee Jacobs did not agree to take a meeting with a local allergist with...

Krystal Foundation awards grant to Brainerd High School

Published May. 23 2017

It takes more than knowing how to tackle, block, run, pass and kick to build a successful high school football...

Off the Couch: Gearing up for a long holiday weekend

Published May. 22 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, even though Memorial Day is not until next Monday, next weekend will have a lot of events....

City Beat: Where is local entertainment headed?

Published May. 18 2017

I was a guest on WGOW the other day with Jim Reynolds and Bill Lockhart (regular host Jeff Styles was...

Club Scene Calendar - May 18-24

Published May. 18 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Nightfall headliner Monday Night Social branching out

Published May. 18 2017

When husband and wife Janet and Brock McGarity first got together with Christian Mann, Josh English and James Oliver on...

Lodge on location: Chattanooga area homes used as sets for videos [photos]

Published May. 15 2017

With a gas cooktop on the counter against one wall and an induction cooktop on the island, the layout makes...

Off the Couch: J-Fest, Franklin Graham here for the faithful

Published May. 15 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, Riverbend is less than a month away, and that means it's probably time for J-Fest. Riverbend gets...


Gold and diamond guru Rick Davis signs multimillion-dollar deal for syndicated show

Published May. 14 2017

Rick Davis is taking his jewelry-based reality TV show to national syndication, and he has Judy O'Neal to thank for...

Hunter Museum again inspires WorkSpace artists [video]

Published May. 14 2017

Local artist Lisa Denney is a painter who also designs rugs. As one of the 18 participating artists in "Inspired...

The Suffers bring pleasure to Nightfall [videos]

Published May. 11 2017

It probably isn't an accident that The Suffers have shared a few festival billings with Mavis Staples and Alabama Shakes,...

Second Saturdays on Station Street concert series begins

Published May. 11 2017

Songbirds Guitar Museum continues to reveal itself as more than just the world's largest collection of rare and vintage guitars.

City Beat: Michael Payne chasing his opera dream

Published May. 11 2017

Michael Payne grew up in Soddy-Daisy where he was introduced to piano lessons by his grandmother.

Club Scene Calendar - May 11-17

Published May. 11 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Mother's Day, Nightfall, Strawberry Festival this week

Published May. 8 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I know it's still spring, but it seems like summer to me when Nightfall and the Chattanooga...

'Cool young man' uses nuclear engineering experience, music to teach teens physics

Published May. 5 2017

By day, David Yancey is a nuclear engineer and workweek manager at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy.