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: Travel ban hoaxes rise

Published Feb. 20 2017

Temporary lies?

Cooper: Telling teens, 'you matter'

Published Feb. 19 2017

If there is a suicide involving a student who attends a Chattanooga area high school, as there have been at...

Cooper: Trump not a tame wallflower

Published Feb. 18 2017

If members of the Washington press corps didn't understand why Donald Trump was elected president last November, they may have...

Cooper: Build new Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts

Published Feb. 17 2017

The list of new school construction projects and deferred maintenance projects that was expected to be put in the hands...

Cooper: Standing against welfare fraud

Published Feb. 17 2017

What Tennessee lawmaker would not like to see the state government recoup $123 million in fraudulent welfare payments?

Cooper: Straw men and priority schools

Published Feb. 15 2017

The time bomb is ticking, and the clock is counting down.

Cooper: Tennessee senators consider Trump, the art of the deal

Published Feb. 14 2017

Tennessee's two United States senators find themselves in a particular public pickle. Do they, as influential committee leaders, warmly embrace...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'President deserves his choices'

Published Feb. 13 2017

Not that it matters to him or other Democrats, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer only four years ago spoke...

Cooper: Chattanooga could make education pledge

Published Feb. 11 2017

It would be delightful for the Hamilton County Department of Education and its funding arm, the Hamilton County Commission, if...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Andy Berke for second term

Published Feb. 10 2017

The Chattanooga mayoral leadership of Andy Berke has been a mixed bag, and we hoped a strong conservative candidate would...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Anthony Byrd in District 8

Published Feb. 9 2017

Moses Freeman is the third Chattanooga city councilman in three terms to represent residents of the city's District 8 (after...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses John Kerns for leadership in District 9

Published Feb. 9 2017

As in District 8, we have sensed from residents in District 9 a frustration with the status quo, the feeling...

Cooper: Keep Russell Gilbert in District 5

Published Feb. 8 2017

Chattanooga City Councilman Russell Gilbert is a glass-half-full kind of guy, and for that he is unapologetic.

Cooper: Chris Anderson deserves nod in District 7

Published Feb. 8 2017

We have had our differences with outspoken Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson and are certain we'll never agree with him...

Cooper: Henderson favored in Chattanooga's District 1

Published Feb. 7 2017

Chip Henderson was one of seven new Chattanooga City Council members elected in 2013.

Cooper: Keep Jerry Mitchell for Chattanooga's District 2 seat

Published Feb. 7 2017

We believe residents in Chattanooga's District 2 have enjoyed sound, pragmatic leadership from first-term Councilman Jerry Mitchell in the last...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Senator exposes court protest

Published Feb. 6 2017

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, revealed the left for the hypocrites many are when he photographed the fill-in-the-blank signs many liberal...

Cooper: Tennessee Reconnect program another winner

Published Feb. 5 2017

If Gov. Bill Haslam has his way, Tennessee will continue to show the nation innovative ways to improve the education...

Coooper: GE settlement not half a loaf

Published Feb. 4 2017

Some may call Thursday's Chattanooga and Hamilton County tax breaks settlement with GE Power half a loaf, but that's not...

Cooper: Seat Belts Bill Deserves Hearing

Published Feb. 4 2017

We hope a seat-belts-on-buses bill introduced Thursday by state Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, gets a fair hearing in the Tennessee...