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: United in love to hate

Published Mar. 19 2018

A new dating website recently was launched for those who love to hate.

Cooper: Legislators, vote for tuition break this time

Published Mar. 18 2018

It's time Tennessee legislators did the right thing about tuition at public colleges and universities for the children of illegal...

Cooper: Elected office or business? GOP voters must consider

Published Mar. 17 2018

Once you serve a term in elected office, you have a record.

Cooper: The future is here for students

Published Mar. 16 2018

The future of education has arrived in Hamilton County.

Cooper: Calming the North Shore community

Published Mar. 14 2018

The North Shore community is so convenient to downtown Chattanooga, no wonder everybody wants to live there.

Cooper: Can Pompeo speak Trump?

Published Mar. 14 2018

If Donald Trump serves two terms as president, he's likely to blow away Harry Truman and George W. Bush for...

Cooper: The economy's 'surprising' news

Published Mar. 13 2018

Sooner or later, pundits and so-called experts will have to stop using terms like "surprising" or "unexpected" when it comes...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Farrakhan's coziness with Democrats

Published Mar. 12 2018

Democrats have been catching a little heat lately over their continued coziness with racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, the Nation...

Cooper: Nixon, Reagan - and Trump?

Published Mar. 11 2018

Could a Donald Trump presidency accomplish with North Korea today what a Ronald Reagan presidency did with the Soviet Union...

Cooper: School board finds safety touchy

Published Mar. 10 2018

With the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting still on the minds of many people, a conversation around school safety can...

Cooper: Still chasing the 'pushers'

Published Mar. 10 2018

"Drugs, what a devil-inspired poison," street preacher David Wilkerson wrote in the 1962 book "The Cross and the Switchblade." "It's...

Cooper: Paying for national park fixes

Published Mar. 9 2018

A bill introduced in Congress on Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has the potential to eliminate the backlog...

Cooper: Sheriff Eric Watson seems to invite trouble

Published Mar. 9 2018

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson continues to be a lightning rod, whether he intends it or not.

Cooper: Don't reduce handgun fine

Published Mar. 7 2018

Unless and until Tennessee legislators provide more than anecdotal evidence that the current $500 fine and possible jail time for...

Cooper: The Oscars and their viewers

Published Mar. 7 2018

The national media didn't get the message when Donald Trump was elected president, didn't get it when National Football League...

Cooper: What did Churchill know?

Published Mar. 6 2018

What did Winston Churchill know that all of the smart people didn't?

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Out with the 'crumbs' line

Published Mar. 5 2018

Even Democrats are telling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to drop her line about the effects of the tax...

Cooper: Schools and responsibility

Published Mar. 4 2018

No one wants responsibility any more.

Cooper: Sizing up teachers for gun duty

Published Mar. 3 2018

President Donald Trump wasn't the first to suggest that teachers be armed against potential shooters, but he has made the...

Cooper: The private sector's gun steps

Published Mar. 2 2018

We've seen the private sector lead the way on the minimum wage. Now it's doing so on gun measures.