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: When governors run for senate

Published Sep. 30 2017

The last time a term-limited, sitting Tennessee governor chose to run for an open United States Senate seat, it didn't...

Cooper: Keeping the peacemaker

Published Sep. 29 2017

Thanks to the 2016 Tennessee Heritage Protection Act, an impulsive, emotional overreaction to the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn bust of...

Cooper: Give tax reform a chance

Published Sep. 29 2017

If things were as they should be, Wednesday's tax reform proposal by President Donald Trump would be subject to a...


Cooper: Corker's pragmatic leadership

Published Sep. 27 2017

United States Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left the door open two weeks ago as to whether he would run for...

Cooper: When presidents speak ...

Published Sep. 26 2017

When presidents speak, their words are rarely heard in a vacuum.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: We're relevant ... really

Published Sep. 25 2017

To listen to the Left, you'd think they wish the 2018 election were today and the 2020 presidential election right...

Cooper: When protesting turns violent

Published Sep. 19 2017

Protester, politician and pundit comments from the weekend demonstrations and violence in St. Louis are a microcosm of the virus...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'We would bankrupt the nation'

Published Sep. 18 2017

If asked today, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would no doubt say he has grown.

Cooper: Spending school money wisely

Published Sep. 17 2017

If the suggestions to Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson and the Hamilton County Board of Education last week...

Cooper: Wacker should learn from VW

Published Sep. 16 2017

We would have hoped Wacker Chemie might have learned something from the scandal of its fellow German-headquartered company Volkswagen.

Cooper: Legislators flying high (on hog)

Published Sep. 16 2017

It's not too much for taxpayers to expect their lawmakers whenever possible to make the least costly arrangements when they...

Cooper: Trump should take a look back

Published Sep. 15 2017

In 1986, the Gipper was gotten.

Cooper: Judicial religious tests a bad sign

Published Sep. 13 2017

University presidents usually fall over themselves trying to steer clear of anything that might show partiality to conservatives, but the...

Cooper: Hamilton County test scores emphasize challenge

Published Sep. 12 2017

For the second year in a row, the Hamilton County Schools district scored significantly above expectation in literacy.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: If a senator is on trial...

Published Sep. 11 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was enmeshed in a corruption trial in his home state last week.

Cooper: Religious voters less monolithic

Published Sep. 10 2017

More than 10 years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama shocked many people in an address by telling them the United States...

Cooper: The slow walk to Silverdale

Published Sep. 9 2017

If Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond were the tender sort, he might feel hurt at how often Hamilton County Mayor...

Cooper: The county's return on investment

Published Sep. 8 2017

When it comes to paying more taxes, few people are happy about it. But nobody wants to buy a pig...

Cooper: Dreaming beyond 'Dreamers'

Published Sep. 6 2017

We hope President Trump's handing to Congress the program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Attempting a Swift takedown

Published Sep. 4 2017

Pop music star Taylor Swift may be talented, but she may or may not be part of the Trump resistance....