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: Woody Allen's clay feet

Published Jan. 19 2018

For those who form their opinion on politics from luminaries of the entertainment industry, for those who get their cue...

Cooper: The DACA chicken game

Published Jan. 17 2018

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has turned into a political game of chicken.

Cooper: A new wave of intolerance

Published Jan. 16 2018

We often have bemoaned the increasing lack of tolerance on today's college campuses and the desire to smother opinions that...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Not everybody is ready for Oprah in 2020

Published Jan. 15 2018

Oprah Winfrey has been given hours of media love since her speech last week after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille...

Cooper: Trump should recall tax pledge

Published Jan. 14 2018

It was presidential candidate George H.W. Bush's greatest campaign moment, and the occasionally stumble-worded candidate delivered speechwriter Peggy Noonan's words...

Cooper: Trend will clarify city safety

Published Jan. 13 2018

Although Chattanooga saw a record number of homicides for recent years in 2017, total shooting incidents, total people shot, shootings...

Cooper: Heritage Center hits first goal

Published Jan. 13 2018

Area veterans and their supporters gave more than $600,000 over the past six months to bring the Charles H. Coolidge...

Cooper: Is 'exemplary' possible for Hamilton County's schools?

Published Jan. 12 2018

Much attention over the past year has been paid to Hamilton County's priority schools, and rightly so.

Cooper: 'Know when to hold 'em'

Published Jan. 10 2018

The city of Chattanooga has decided it won't lose tens of thousands of dollars on the sale of a piece...

Cooper: Not convinced about tax increment financing

Published Jan. 10 2018

Not enough i's were dotted and t's crossed Monday for the city's plans to extend Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard...

Cooper: No unemployment appreciation

Published Jan. 9 2018

A record is a record.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Fonda's actions still resonate

Published Jan. 8 2018

To many Vietnam veterans, actress Jane Fonda is still "Hanoi Jane" for actions they consider abetting the enemy during the...

Cooper: Corker and 'fake news'

Published Jan. 7 2018

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said just before Christmas he had a "newfound empathy" for President Trump and how false information...

Cooper: The Signal schools two-step

Published Jan. 6 2018

Participants at Thursday's Signal Mountain Town Council meeting with Hamilton County Department of Education officials talked around each other like...

Cooper: Insurance hope for small businesses

Published Jan. 6 2018

No one is calling it a game-changer yet, but the proposed Labor Department rule issued Thursday allowing "association health plans"...

Cooper: Trump farms out voting fraud probe to Department of Homeland Security

Published Jan. 5 2018

President Donald Trump dissolved his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity Wednesday and farmed out the work to the Department...

Cooper: TVA's correct wind decision

Published Jan. 3 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority recently made a financial decision it believed is in the best interests of its ratepayers. That's...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Even the left piling on Hillary

Published Dec. 31 2017

Vanity Fair called foul

Cooper: Trump underestimated in 2018, too?

Published Dec. 31 2017

As the 2016 presidential primary elections unfurled and businessman Donald Trump increasingly took a lead in the Republican Party delegate...

Cooper: Shaping the school district

Published Dec. 27 2017

Nearly six months into his tenure as superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, Dr. Bryan Johnson has attempted to apply a...