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

Off the Couch: Glasses on and ready for total solar eclipse

Published Aug. 21 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, I hate to do it, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be singing Cat Stevens' "Moonshadow"...

Hometown hero Mitch Rossell's star continues to rise

Published Aug. 17 2017

Mitch Rossell's latest album is called "Raised by the Radio," but the way things are currently going for him, he...

Nightflyers re-energize Steely Dan's Donald Fagen

Published Aug. 17 2017

For his current tour, Donald Fagen has surrounded himself with a band of players all under the age of the...

Tinsley Ellis brings blues to Riverfront Nights

Published Aug. 17 2017

Guitarist Tinsley Ellis should not be a stranger to music fans who have lived in the Chattanooga area for any...

City Beat: Could the next big country star be from here?

Published Aug. 17 2017

Nashville is looking for its next big star and local country music station WGOT-FM 107.9 is one of several dozen...

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 17-23

Published Aug. 17 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Memorial Auditorium's Walker Theatre to begin getting more shows

Published Aug. 15 2017

The Robert Kirk Walker Community Theatre, a little known and rarely used space on an upper floor at the Memorial...

The sun takes center stage at Get Off the Grid Fest

Published Aug. 15 2017

The Get Off the Grid Fest is not too different from many other festivals. There will be lots of food...

Off the Couch: Making eclipses great again

Published Aug. 14 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, everyone is so excited about this Great American Eclipse event next Monday, I wonder if anyone is...

Overland returns to Revelry Room

Published Aug. 10 2017

Singer/guitarist Randy Clark won't play every song he knows Saturday night, Aug. 12, but he might come close. Clark handles...

Chris Blackwell plays four Songbirds guitars at Second Saturdays concert

Published Aug. 10 2017

All of the guitars in Songbirds Guitar Museum share several things in common. They are all beautiful, and they all...

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 10-16

Published Aug. 10 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.


City Beat: Letting go of old electronics is OK

Published Aug. 10 2017

Watching how-to videos has become an addiction with me of late. I will never have the desire, or occasion, to...

Off the Couch: Getting ready for county fairs, solar eclipse

Published Aug. 7 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, it seems a little early and, frankly, a little hot for fall festivals, but they're already starting....

Denny Hennen leaves a lasting legacy

Published Aug. 6 2017

Many Chattanoogans who came of drinking age in the 1970s and '80s will forever remember Denny Hennen half-sitting, half-leaning on...

Chattanooga filmmaker talks great white sharks

Published Aug. 4 2017

An interest in photography would seem only natural for Brent Mills, the son of Olan Mills, the man whose name...

Tennessee Aquarium's Sharkfest adds screenings of 'Shark Clans'

Published Aug. 3 2017

You won't need a bigger boat, but you will need a ticket to check out these sharks.

City Beat: Chattanooga continues to evolve, but how?

Published Aug. 3 2017

Every so often it's interesting to sit back and try to take a big-picture view of how things have changed...

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 3-9

Published Aug. 3 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Courters' Kitchen: Tasty tomato pasta is a fresh and simple classic [video]

Published Aug. 2 2017

BARRY SAYS: When we started writing these monthly food features almost six years ago, the idea was to focus on...