Clint Cooper (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6497
Clint Cooper is the Free Press editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, representing the conservative side of the newspaper's opinion section. Previously he worked as a lifestyles reporter, and has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section's design. Before becoming sports news editor, he was a staff writer. In the Life section, he is responsible for the content of the weekly religion page but also contributes entertainment stories to the current section; health, home and profile stories for the daily Life pages; and general news articles to the news columns. In the past, he has written on technology and baby boomers for the section. Clint has received honors over the years for his writing and design in both individual work and work as part of a team or section. Among those are several best overall team coverage awards from the Southern League (when he was either lead writer or content/design editor), a best section award by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (when he was content/design editor) and several first-place awards in the community lifestyles category of the Tennessee Press Association contest (as part of a staff). The Chattanooga native is a cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in mass communications and did postgraduate work there in secondary education. Clint and his wife of 21 years, Donna, have one son, Patrick, 18. He enjoys acting, reading and running. Contact Clint at 423-757-6497 or You may friend him on Facebook.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Maybe it was Obama

Published Apr. 24 2017

Team Clinton has blamed everything and everyone but the candidate for Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential election, but...

Cooper: Democrats' unity rings hollow

Published Apr. 23 2017

Democrats are hoping Americans will swallow what they're offering — hook, line and sinker.

Cooper: Balanced budget was good move

Published Apr. 22 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education has tried the all-in-one way of presenting its budget to the Hamilton County Commission....

Cooper: Ruth Holmberg's active, passionate life

Published Apr. 21 2017

It would have been easy for the then-Ruth Golden to stay behind the scenes, raise her four children and take...

Cooper: 'Biggest tax decrease' in history

Published Apr. 21 2017

It would be easy to say you just don't want to tax people, as one Tennessee legislator did Wednesday, and...

Cooper: Can displaying flag be 'political'?

Published Apr. 19 2017

An NBC sports writer named Craig Calcaterra may not have intended to do so, but he awakened a patch of...

Cooper: Catoosa GOP right -- to a point

Published Apr. 18 2017

If we could start all over again — have a "do-over" as it might be termed on the playground —...

Cooper: Convincing remains for school funders

Published Apr. 18 2017

Two years ago, then-Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith barnstormed through the county, suggesting a 40-cent property tax increase to...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Your tax dollars at work

Published Apr. 17 2017

One aspect of the bloat at the Environmental Protection Agency was exposed recently by the Americans for Tax Reform, which...

Cooper: City Council must 'play as a team'

Published Apr. 16 2017

The next Chattanooga City Council will be younger, more racially diverse and more gender diverse.

Cooper: Legislators fail students again

Published Apr. 14 2017

Forget, for a moment, the parents and whatever label you want to assign them — illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, illegals,...

Cooper: Volkswagen scratching USA's SUV itch

Published Apr. 14 2017

With year over year sales of sports utility vehicles in the United States up 5.5 percent, Volkswagen has decided to...


Cooper: Cold case unit paying off

Published Apr. 12 2017

Shortly after Neal Pinkston became Hamilton County District Attorney General in 2014, he told the Times Free Press editorial board...

Cooper: King Street lot needs fair price

Published Apr. 12 2017

It appears a potential $60,000 loss by the city of Chattanooga on a parking lot in the burgeoning Southside won't...

Cooper: Mayor Berke familiar with searching for new police chief [video]

Published Apr. 11 2017

When Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke takes the oath of office for a second term later this month, he'll find himself...

Cooper: A local federal bureaucracy irony

Published Apr. 11 2017

It's not really funny, but we have to chuckle a little when one federal bureaucracy meets another.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Clinton still assigning blame

Published Apr. 10 2017

Former President Bill Clinton said FBI Director James Comey's was at fault for his wife's presidential election loss, then later...

Chattanooga Free Press endorsements for city council runoff elections

Published Apr. 9 2017

Chattanooga voters in Districts 7 and 9 will return to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election that will decide...

OPINION: What will be Trump doctrine

Published Apr. 8 2017

Less than a year ago, writing in Politico, Derek Chollet, President Barack Obama's former assistant secretary of defense for international...

Cooper: History's civil rights network

Published Apr. 7 2017

Chattanoogans interested in history and heritage are fortunate to be relatively close to the sites of significant events in the...