David Cook (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6329
E-mail: dcook@timesfreepress.com
David Cook is the award-winning city columnist for the Times Free Press, working in the same building where he began his post-college career as a sportswriter for the Chattanooga Free Press. Cook, who graduated from Red Bank High, holds a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Prescott College and an English degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. For 12 years, he was a teacher at the middle, high school and university levels. A Marshall Memorial Fellow, Cook published in magazines (The Sun, Utne Reader, Geez), academic journals, an anthology on homelessness ("Personal Struggles, Professional Lives: Ethics and Advocacy in Research on Homelessness" — Lexington Press) and an anthology on grandparents and grandchildren ("Grandparenting with Heart" — North Atlantic).

Cook: There's nothing new under the sun

Published Aug. 20 2017

What is becoming more and more stunning to me about Monday's total eclipse is not what will happen in the...

OPINION: The future of the most Bible-minded city

Published Aug. 13 2017

We're losing manners and the little rules by which we once played. A friend who's a Presbyterian minister points to...

Cook: The stench of our sewer bill crisis

Published Aug. 6 2017

Three mornings a week, folks line up in the McCallie Avenue dark, waiting outside Metropolitan Ministries, hoping for help: a...

Cook: Shaking hands with a national treasure

Published Jul. 30 2017

In loud, irrational times like these, do you need a reminder of what a graceful statesman looks like? A politician...

Cook: Operation Song

Published Jul. 23 2017

Back in Iraq, they hide bombs inside trash, and trash is everywhere. On the roadside. In ditches. Outside homes.

Cook: Dear Monk

Published Jul. 16 2017

How free are we in America?

Cook: The light within the Summerlin darkness

Published Jul. 9 2017

What holds the keys and tumblers to this world? Is it cruelty? Chaos? When the pain of life howls outside...

Cook: Several chords and the truth

Published Jul. 2 2017

Not long after his son, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, was mortally shot at the U.S. Naval...

Cook: The night Rep. Fleischmann wore the Howard cap

Published Jun. 25 2017

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., can't forget the June 14 shooting.

Cook: This is what fathers do

Published Jun. 18 2017

Ask William Russell about his dad, Larry, and he won't tell you about the Pinewood Derby races Larry organized in...

Cook: The holy struggle in Highland Park

Published Jun. 11 2017

Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center is one of the holiest places in Chattanooga.

Cook: An advice column for the 21st century

Published Jun. 4 2017

Maybe, hopefully, I've become less of a jerk over the years. A little less anxious, a little more at ease....


Cook: The NAACP and a place at the table

Published May. 28 2017

Dr. Elenora Woods and the NAACP should be part of City Hall's committee search for the next police chief.

Cook: The Team of the Year lost, but still won

Published May. 21 2017

This spring, when the newly resurrected Howard School baseball team began its 2017 season, some guys had never played before.

Cook: How much do we love other people in America?

Published May. 14 2017

The most influential contribution we can make to American society isn't strong policy or bulletproof arguments or impeachment procedures.

Cook: Jay Z being baby-bumped to sidelines sparks early Mother's (or Father's) Day column

Published May. 7 2017

One of the most famous women on Earth is now one of the most pregnant.

Cook: Is more publicity good for Chattanooga's beautiful natural areas?

Published Apr. 30 2017

These two sides of Chattanooga — outdoors and technology — will only increase in appeal. Each week, people move to...

Cook: Counting the days for Chattanooga Prep [photos]

Published Apr. 23 2017

On Feb. 14, one of the most radiant, gallantly promising ideas landed on the desk of Hamilton County Schools Interim...

Cook: To talk of schools is to talk of jails

Published Apr. 16 2017

Hamilton County faces what seems like an economic and ethical crossroads.

Cook: The gifts keep coming at Howard

Published Apr. 9 2017

For too long, the Howard School's football field has been nearly unplayable.