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: Commemoration is a 'thank you' to Vietnam War veterans

Published Mar. 29 2017

It was neither the 50th anniversary of the start nor the end of the Vietnam War, but the sight of...

Cooper: Firing of WUTC reporter chilling

Published Mar. 28 2017

Regardless of one's feeling about a failed Tennessee General Assembly bill that would force transgender students to use the restroom...

Cooper: Walker County may vote on its future

Published Mar. 28 2017

Walker County voters are just a couple of short steps away from getting to vote on their form of government.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: A lifetime of being a Clinton

Published Mar. 27 2017

Honoring Chelsea Clinton with a Lifetime Impact award would be akin to giving President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize...

Cooper: Why not pilot school choice?

Published Mar. 26 2017

It's morally indefensible for public education advocates to force students to attend poorly performing schools year after year in hopes...

Cooper: A bipartisan(!) bill on Iran

Published Mar. 25 2017

While the Washington, D.C., media was focusing on the status of the tottering Republican health care proposal Thursday, a group...

Cooper: Sanity on climate change?

Published Mar. 25 2017

Perhaps, at least for four years, we'll have some sanity — or at least rationality — on climate change.

Cooper: Anthony Byrd's costly flight of fancy

Published Mar. 24 2017

We endorsed Anthony Byrd in his recent winning bid for the District 8 seat on the Chattanooga City Council, and...

Cooper: Haslam's 'really big deal'

Published Mar. 24 2017

Whether it took several significant changes by the state Senate earlier this month or the blessing of an anti-tax organization...

Cooper: A little more conversation

Published Mar. 22 2017

What part of communication do folks not get?

Cooper: Surprise! Hearing turns political

Published Mar. 21 2017

We can't say we were surprised.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Not what she had in mind

Published Mar. 20 2017

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., thought she'd get the jump on people opposing the demise of the Affordable...


Cooper: Searching for the hidden pony

Published Mar. 19 2017

Amid the at-times heated discussion at last week's joint Hamilton County Commission and Hamilton County Board of Education meeting, we...

Cooper: Peace of mind has a price

Published Mar. 18 2017

It may give parents warm fuzzies to know their child is taking a bus to school steered by one of...

Cooper: Close Birth Certificate Loophole

Published Mar. 18 2017

We've made no bones about our support for the 2011 law that requires Tennessee citizens to have a photo identification...

Cooper: The budget game of chicken

Published Mar. 17 2017

The mandatory budget President Donald Trump released Thursday reflected many of the promises he made on the campaign trail in...

Cooper: State lawsuit says refugee support an unfunded federal mandate

Published Mar. 15 2017

Tennessee took a unique step Monday in filing suit against the federal government over refugee resettlement.

Cooper: Move the elections? Be sure it's what you want

Published Mar. 14 2017

We all should be able to agree on one aspect of the possibility of aligning local election days.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Political best-seller drawing praise

Published Mar. 13 2017

Late last week, the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon was a 266-page book titled "Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A...

Cooper: Action needed in education meeting

Published Mar. 12 2017

We want to believe, and we believe the public would appreciate, the positive prospects of a joint meeting between the...