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: Testing again a test for state

Published Apr. 21 2018

It may be the 2018 version of a student calling in a bomb threat to a school.

Cooper: Smokers, not state, should decide

Published Apr. 20 2018

We'd just as soon no one smoked tobacco products anywhere, but we don't believe that ban should be foisted upon...

Cooper: Early voting numbers are down, so vote!

Published Apr. 20 2018

If the last seven days of early voting for the May 1 Hamilton County primary election duplicate the first seven...

Cooper: School safety and shared burdens

Published Apr. 18 2018

No Hamilton County Schools parent wants to imagine their child could suffer the fate that 17 students did on Feb....

Cooper: Feds help Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport go solar

Published Apr. 18 2018

The build-out of the third phase of its solar farm is expected to allow the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to become...

Cooper: Updating authorization of force

Published Apr. 17 2018

A new proposal introduced Monday by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., would better codify...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Slovenia not happy with Kimmel

Published Apr. 16 2018

Until Donald Trump was elected president, first ladies and children of presidents were generally off-limits for criticism by the media....

Cooper: Use election dollars wisely

Published Apr. 15 2018

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger has the deepest pockets among candidates seeking election or re-election in Hamilton County in the...

Cooper: Rep. Carter on winning streak

Published Apr. 14 2018

State Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, is on a winning streak this spring.

Cooper: Something's afoot in District 8

Published Apr. 13 2018

No matter the resolution of a charge of extortion against Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd, one would have to conclude...

Cooper: Still whipping Obamacare horse

Published Apr. 11 2018

The political left may be ready to produce its version of the old National Rifle Association bumper sticker:

Cooper: Should Tennessee Legislature wait on feds?

Published Apr. 10 2018

As the Tennessee General Assembly picks up the pace to make its final sprint for its 2017-2018 session, bills are...

Cooper's Eye On The Left: Who's next on the hit list?

Published Apr. 9 2018

First they came after Confederates, then slave owners.

Cooper: Policing panhandling properly

Published Apr. 8 2018

Chattanooga City Council members spent significant time and words in recent weeks on creating new rules regulating panhandling citywide, but...

Cooper: Free Press endorses Hedrick, Gravitt, Brown

Published Apr. 7 2018

The main difference between the two candidates running for Hamilton County Circuit Court judge in the May 1 Republican primary...

Cooper: Free Press endorsements in Hamilton County Commission races

Published Apr. 6 2018

In the May 1 Hamilton County primary elections, Republicans will have as few as two contested races in which to...

Cooper: We're not who we used to be because of King's legacy

Published Apr. 4 2018

The console television in the living room of my neighbor's house was on as he and I breezed through on...

Cooper: Homeless corridor needs study

Published Apr. 3 2018

Several blocks east of City Hall on East 11th Street, a homeless camp has been growing for months on contaminated...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'March' not quite as advertised

Published Apr. 2 2018

To listen to the national media, one might have thought the March 24 "March for Our Lives," purported to be...

Cooper: Wrong solution to guns

Published Apr. 1 2018

If gun control advocates thought they were making headway in the wake of February's Florida high school shooting, their cause...