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: Selecting the next police chief

Published May. 26 2017

The city of Chattanooga says it wants your input about its next police chief.

Cooper: Trump should go to the people with budget

Published May. 24 2017

If the Trump administration is to be believed, the president's budgeteers created the country's fiscal 2018 blueprint by considering whether...

Cooper: Commissioner Fields doing what he promised

Published May. 23 2017

Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields will not be running for a third term in 2018, a pledge he says he...


Cooper: School district's continued communication problem

Published May. 23 2017

A paper trail of public records indicates the Hamilton County Board of Education and Hamilton County Department of Education have...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Never mind if it's true

Published May. 22 2017

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services fraud investigators recently visited a New York City public school to see if parents...

Cooper: Graduating into a big world

Published May. 21 2017

We attended a graduation ceremony for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students recently. It was filled with the kind of...

Cooper: Time is up for school dithering

Published May. 20 2017

We are frustrated some members of the Hamilton County Board of Education, at least one state legislator and members of...

Cooper: Getting to the bottom of it

Published May. 19 2017

If the Justice Department, congressional Republicans, the White House or the president's supporters think the appointment of a special counsel...

Cooper: Cheering for better PILOTs

Published May. 19 2017

When we think of tax break agreements that pick winners and losers in local business, we get — in the...

Cooper: Trust in the days of Trump

Published May. 17 2017

We wish President Donald Trump could listen to the phone calls, hear the voicemails or scan the emails. He has...

Cooper: A more political Graham

Published May. 16 2017

Did you hear? Evangelist Franklin Graham spoke at Coolidge Park Monday night as part of his Decision America Tour.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Democrats and Comey

Published May. 15 2017

We just can't help but turn to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for the last, best Democratic word on President...


Cooper: Honoring four women who were both mothers and politicians

Published May. 14 2017

Women have only been elected members of the United States Congress for 101 years, of the U.S. Senate for 85...

Cooper: Voter fraud? Let's find out

Published May. 13 2017

It's time to take a look.

Cooper: Fleischmann and spending

Published May. 12 2017

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, campaigned in his initial race for Congress in 2010 for major cuts in federal spending...

Cooper: Is Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger tipping his hand?

Published May. 10 2017

One could read between the lines at Tuesday's budget workshop with Hamilton County Schools and believe Hamilton County Mayor Jim...

Cooper: Be wary of health care rhetoric

Published May. 9 2017

To hear Democratic politicians and their national media handmaidens bellow, you'd think a new health care law was passed by...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Trump's Hollywood influence

Published May. 8 2017

Celebrity model Chrissy Teigen says she is not joking. President Donald Trump has caused her "crippling anxiety," and she wants...

Cooper: School board isn't transparent

Published May. 7 2017

Even if — if — a technicality saved the Hamilton County Board of Education from violating the law in the...

Cooper: Tennessee Legislature temporarily loses grip

Published May. 6 2017

"You can't always get what you want," the Rolling Stones famously sang.