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: Croaking it up on Father's Day

Published Jun. 17 2018

Five times a day, my cellphone tells me something I'd rather it didn't.

Cook: Many bridges in this town need lighting

Published Jun. 10 2018

Not long after the news broke that City Hall hoped to spend $4 million — roughly half from taxpayers, half...

Cook: 'The Book of Mormon' and the most Bible-minded city

Published Jun. 3 2018

Single performance tickets go on sale soon for this season's Broadway at the Tivoli program, which includes eight performances of...


Cook: Of a different kind: Honoring Javon, Reuben and Dan

Published May. 27 2018

As he does most Wednesdays, JaMichael Heathington, a teacher and coach at Calvary Christian School, began the evening's Bible study...

Cook: How inclusive is Chattanooga?

Published May. 20 2018

A few weeks ago, the Urban Institute released an online database that measures inclusion in 274 of the largest U.S....

Cook: Mother's Day and the political ceiling

Published May. 13 2018

Among the Mother's Day bouquets and brunches, make sure you also give your mom a voter registration card.

Cook: Seven questions for the Homelessness Council

Published May. 6 2018

Tuesday afternoon, the city's newly formed Interagency Council on Homelessness meets for the first time.

Cook: Ten words for the new Southside development

Published Apr. 29 2018

As with any major project, we should ask: How much of this new push for development on the Southside and...

Cook: Room at the table: An Earth Day invitation

Published Apr. 22 2018

Fifteen years ago this summer, my wife and I stopped eating meat.

Cook: The gold and dust of Jane Henegar

Published Apr. 15 2018

Two moments from last week reminded me of the importance of powerful teaching, especially as the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program...

Cook: Presbyterians, peace and the nuclear bomb

Published Apr. 8 2018

On Good Friday, just days before Easter, the U.S. Department of Energy gave final approval to complete construction on the...

Cook: What's the future of homelessness here?

Published Mar. 25 2018

A few weeks ago, as Chattanooga Police Department Chief David Roddy spoke to city council members about a growing panhandling...

Cook: A way to choose life over death

Published Mar. 18 2018

The state of Florida recently announced it would seek the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, the accused mass shooter in...

Cook: Howard School baseball saves lives

Published Mar. 11 2018

They could build a trillion-dollar-Jumbotron-retractable-dome stadium, but the best, most stirring baseball story on South Broad Street isn't the possible...

Cook: No change on guns without gun owners

Published Mar. 4 2018

As an oftentimes member of the left, I would like to apologize to many gun owners in America for the...

Cook: Mass shootings and the fog of war

Published Feb. 25 2018

Gun control?

Cook: The most lopsided city in America

Published Feb. 18 2018

In 2016, many, many people moved to Chattanooga. More than 11,000, to be exact.

Cook: This Lent, why not fast from politics?

Published Feb. 11 2018

Lent, which begins Wednesday, is perhaps the most underrated and overlooked spot on the calendar, perhaps the least popular of...

Cook: Our selective Super Bowl anger

Published Feb. 4 2018

In 2017, researchers in Boston examined 111 donated brains of deceased pro football players.

Cook: The hospital psalms of Gwen Green

Published Jan. 28 2018

Twenty days ago, Gwen Green watched as Erlanger hospital nurses pushed her husband, Paul, into one operating room, and her...