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

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...

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...

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...

A la cart: Not just for golfers, street-legal machines give drivers mobility, moxie [photos]

Published Oct. 15 2017

Like a lot of couples, Shannon and Joe "Dixie" Fuller were creatures of habit while living with his mother in...

High-profile concerts give Glass Hammer option to be choosy

Published Oct. 13 2017

For a lot of musical groups, touring and performing live shows are a big part of who they are. They...

City Beat: Two women I was lucky enough to know

Published Oct. 12 2017

The morning after attending a memorial service for co-worker Lin Parker, I opened my paper to see that my former...

Off the Couch: Scary fun is starting up along with much more this week

Published Oct. 9 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, we've discussed in this space before that haunted houses are not a favorite of me and my...

The mind behind Mr. Lemoncello

Published Oct. 8 2017

It wasn't the book Chris Grabenstein set out to write, but "The Crossroads" marked a turning point for the author,...

Jazz singer Kelle Jolly joins Robin Grant at Archway First Friday series

Published Oct. 5 2017

Vocalist Kelle Jolly, shown, and saxophonist Will Boyd will perform as part of the Jazz at the Archway First Friday...

Songbirds presents local all-star tribute to John Lennon

Published Oct. 5 2017

Ryan Oyer was bitten by the Beatles bug early in life.

Club Scene Calendar - Oct. 5-11

Published Oct. 5 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Courters' Kitchen: Vive la French Pumpkin Soup [video]

Published Oct. 4 2017

KELLEY SAYS: Cooking is about experimenting and learning for me, and this dish was definitely something new.

Call it Levittating: Foundation builds communities through music

Published Oct. 3 2017

Mortimer Levitt was a passionate man who built a fortune in the clothing business in New York. He believed so...

Off the Couch: 3 Sisters Festival is a Bright idea that keeps giving

Published Oct. 2 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, do you remember that time we got together and decided to throw a two-day festival that would...

Kansas carries on performing new material and classic album 'Leftoverture'

Published Sep. 28 2017

Apparently, fans of Kansas do in fact want to hear the band do their classic "Leftoverture" album live in its...

City Beat: Bottom-up ideas seem to work better here

Published Sep. 28 2017

I don't have gobs of data to back up this theory of mine, but I believe things seem to work...

Club Scene Calendar - Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Published Sep. 28 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Cleveland native performs on 'Conan' tonight

Published Sep. 27 2017

Tune in to "Conan" tonight to watch J. Roddy Walston and The Business perform.

Local duo Crazy Flute earns Native American Music Award nomination

Published Sep. 25 2017

Jack "Flute" Holland doesn't like to be told what to do, how to do it, when to do it, what...