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: Delta, the NRA and the 'ick' factor

Published Mar. 1 2018

While there are legitimate arguments to be made both for and against Delta Airlines for announcing it is ending its...

Cooper: Corker's exit needn't change outcome

Published Feb. 28 2018

It will be two terms and out for Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., after all.

Cooper: Move smoking off school premises

Published Feb. 27 2018

Even in the 1973 Brownsville Station hit song "Smokin' in the Boys' Room," a lyric noted that "everybody knows that...


Cooper: Could old be new for room tax?

Published Feb. 27 2018

Members of local arts and cultural organizations may be hoping what's old is soon new again.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Democratic super funder's hypocrisy

Published Feb. 26 2018

Mammoth Democratic funder George Soros is quite clear about his climate change politics.

Cooper: A revitalized South Broad Street area

Published Feb. 25 2018

An artist's rendering of a transformed South Broad Street area of Chattanooga looks almost too good to be true.

Cooper: Leave sides to talk about guns

Published Feb. 24 2018

Moments after every recent mass shooting, a politician who has had a microphone shoved in his face by a reporter...

Cooper: If the state can compromise...

Published Feb. 23 2018

If the competing factions of grocery and liquor stores can compromise on a Tennessee bill that allows both to sell...

Cooper: Time to return to beautification

Published Feb. 23 2018

Historians have widely divergent opinions about the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson - specifically the effectiveness of his Great Society...

Cooper: Billy Graham was a traveling warrior for God

Published Feb. 22 2018

The pre-eminent Christian evangelist of the 20th century was once told in Cleveland, Tenn., according to one story, that he...

Cooper: Superintendent Bryan Johnson's gamble

Published Feb. 21 2018

Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson would never call it a gamble, but he's betting that the money the Hamilton County Schools...

Cooper: Erlanger-UT agreement is needed

Published Feb. 20 2018

We can't see Kevin Spiegel's bottom line, and he's not showing it, but it seems inconceivable that an equitable way...


Cooper's Eye on the Left: The eye of the beholder

Published Feb. 19 2018

Former President Barack Obama's official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery was unveiled last week. Since then, the portrait...

Cooper: Are the kids all right?

Published Feb. 18 2018

Just when you thought you were beginning to understand millennials, along comes Generation Z.

Cooper: 'The people's office' [photos]

Published Feb. 18 2018

"In the scheme of our national government,

Cooper: Why be afraid of work?

Published Feb. 17 2018

What have Democrats got against work?

Cooper: GOP, keep immigration an issue

Published Feb. 17 2018

If, as has been suggested, Thursday's Senate votes were the most likely opportunity this year for the Senate to pass...

Cooper: All-or-nothing rhetoric won't do

Published Feb. 16 2018

Where there is an intersection between a person with a potential mental illness and an automatic weapon, bad things happen....

Cooper: The humanity at Economy Inn

Published Feb. 16 2018

No one who had occasion to get near the Economy Inn on Brainerd Road would be surprised the extended-stay hotel...

Cooper: TVA a conversation starter?

Published Feb. 14 2018

The suggestion of selling the Tennessee Valley Authority or any of its assets makes about as much sense to most...