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: Can busy Congress cooperate?

Published Nov. 28 2017

Congress has become a lot like the adage about the National Basketball Association: Nobody cares until the playoffs.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Lerner now the target?

Published Nov. 27 2017

What former Internal Revenue Services unit head Lois Lerner did was so egregious, according to her attorneys, it would prompt...

Cooper: Skipping the war on Christmas

Published Nov. 26 2017

With Thanksgiving behind us, and Black Friday in the rear-view mirror, it's time to center our hearts and minds for...

Cooper: Failing to walk the talk

Published Nov. 22 2017

Let's be frank. It's been a bad fall for Hollywood glitterati, politicians and pundits who can't walk their talk, whose...

Cooper: Woodmore bus crash offered lessons, realities

Published Nov. 21 2017

A year ago today, a group of Woodmore Elementary School students left their homes for school during a week when...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Are liberals reconsidering Bill Clinton?

Published Nov. 20 2017

For years, the alleged rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment victims of former President Bill Clinton have been trashed and...

Cooper: Telling the Chattanooga stories

Published Nov. 19 2017

If you could mine the brains of Chattanooga area residents about significant people, events and changes in the Scenic City...

Cooper: Why take food from the poor?

Published Nov. 18 2017

The largest food distribution ministry in Hamilton County may be in danger of losing its United States Department of Agriculture...

Cooper: Keep private prisons in order

Published Nov. 17 2017

If a vendor doesn't provide good service when it supplies your business, you naturally will look elsewhere.

Cooper: Kicking firing range down the road

Published Nov. 15 2017

Several times a day, cars pass up and down Dogwood Lane on the way in or out of the one-lane,...

Cooper: Rep. JoAnne Favors remained a happy warrior

Published Nov. 15 2017

As the lone Democrat in the Hamilton County state legislative delegation, Rep. JoAnne Favors almost always was rowing against a...

Cooper: Roy Moore is in the guilt gray area

Published Nov. 14 2017

Is Alabama Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore as guilty as the Duke University lacrosse team members, as guilty as former...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Oh, wait, he's a Democrat

Published Nov. 13 2017

Last week, as the jury began considering the guilt or innocence of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in a federal...

Cooper: Judging the psyche of presidents

Published Nov. 12 2017

The account describes the president as "morose, self pitying, angry ... tormented." Another impression of him says he tended to...

Cooper: Veterans - U.S. at its heart

Published Nov. 11 2017

If one listened too long or too closely to the country's constantly aggrieved set, one might begin to believe the...

Cooper: Endorsing a lack of transparency

Published Nov. 10 2017

When the Hamilton County Commission and the Hamilton County Board of Education are singing the same tune, it seems almost...

Cooper: What Trump knows about America

Published Nov. 8 2017

A year ago today, Donald Trump was elected the nation's 45th president. A measure of the reaction to Sunday's church...

Cooper: Pretrial alternatives must be fair

Published Nov. 7 2017

If Tennessee's justice system overcrowding can be alleviated with reforms, we believe they ought to be examined. But at no...

Cooper: Aligning stormwater runoff regulations with state

Published Nov. 7 2017

The city of Chattanooga wants to align its stormwater runoff regulations with those of the state. We believe it should.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: War on history rages

Published Nov. 6 2017

We warned it would likely come to this, and now it has.