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: Gears of justice grind slowly

Published Jun. 21 2017

Tried in the court of public opinion, Benjamin Brewer already has been found guilty of killing six and injuring others...

Cooper: Free speech means what it means

Published Jun. 21 2017

A new Tennessee law has been called "the most comprehensive state legislation protecting free speech on college campuses that we've...

Cooper: Are class rankings a life preview?

Published Jun. 20 2017

Another effort to shield American youth from the real world is alive and growing.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: New York Times still trying to blame Sarah Palin

Published Jun. 19 2017

Six years ago, left-wing media quickly leaped to the conclusion that comments by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had somehow...

Cooper: The challenge for Bryan Johnson

Published Jun. 17 2017

The hiring of Dr. Bryan Johnson to be the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools won't turn around one test score....

Cooper: Something for Russia, Iran, Trump

Published Jun. 16 2017

United States senators sent Russia a message Wednesday with a nearly unanimous, bipartisan vote on a set of sanctions as...

Cooper: Watching Hamilton County Commission dollars

Published Jun. 16 2017

It's no secret Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd has not seen eye to eye with the operation of the Chattanooga...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Kerry's climate comparison

Published Jun. 12 2017

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, the man who negotiated the United States into the flawed Paris climate agreement, apparently...

Cooper: Preserving the Civil War

Published Jun. 11 2017

Attendees of the Civil War Trust's annual conference — which was held in Chattanooga last week and ends today —...

OPINION: Are our schools happy with status quo?

Published Jun. 10 2017

It's come down to this. Next Thursday, Hamilton County Board of Education members are expected to give an up-or-down vote...

Cooper: Budget heroes in short supply

Published Jun. 9 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger sounds as if he is, to use the title of a 1984 Bonnie Tyler song,...

Cooper: First ... get a million dollars

Published Jun. 7 2017

Comedian Steve Martin, in his white-suited, "wild and crazy guy" stand-up years, had a routine that seemed never to get...

Cooper: Interstate help is on the way

Published Jun. 6 2017

One doesn't have to live north of the Interstate 75-Interstate 24 interchange in Tennessee or south of it in Georgia...

Cooper: Another start of something big in Chattanooga?

Published Jun. 6 2017

Remember when the Tennessee Aquarium was the start of something big?

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Hillary still spreading blame

Published Jun. 5 2017

Even more reasons

Cooper: Schools and deja vu

Published Jun. 4 2017

Like any president's budget sent to Congress, Hamilton County Board of Education members and Hamilton County Schools administrators may declare...

Cooper: Obamacare still taking its toll

Published Jun. 3 2017

It wasn't exactly worthy of "you can keep your doctor," "you can keep your health care plan" or "your premiums...

Cooper: Moving forward after Paris

Published Jun. 2 2017

By now we've all learned President Donald Trump is going to follow his instincts.

Cooper: A death knell for micro-unions?

Published May. 31 2017

With the Obama administration now more than four months in the rearview mirror, it's easy for the average person to...

Cooper: A thoughtful Democrat?

Published May. 29 2017

A Democratic senator up for re-election in a red state in 2018 sounded like reasonable senators used to in talking...