David Cook (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6329
E-mail: dcook@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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: Cell phone, toilets and emerald resurrection

Published Feb. 19 2017

Last Sunday, this column focused on the magnificent Howard baseball team.

Cook: The resurrection of Howard baseball

Published Feb. 12 2017

Last summer, Jon Johnson, a 31-year old Spanish teacher and baseball coach from north Alabama, accepted a job at The...

Cook: The field of American dreams

Published Feb. 5 2017

It was last minute. On a school night. And not a single North Shore parking space to be found. Seriously....

Cook: 1984? Or a brave new world?

Published Jan. 29 2017

Sales of George Orwell's classic '1984' spiked last week after the White House spoke of 'alternative facts,' echoing Orwell's prediction...

Cook: Peace in the age of Trump

Published Jan. 22 2017

In the weeks since Election Day, I have read, listened to and considered more conservative opinion and thought than in...

Cook: From the coal mine to the ghetto

Published Jan. 15 2017

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once again arrested in Alabama, and sentenced to four days in the...

Cook: What do we owe Keoshia Ford?

Published Jan. 8 2017

There have been too many funerals like this in our city. Mostly black folks in the pews. The body in...

Cook: Is universal, 24/7 internet access ruining our peace of mind?

Published Jan. 1 2017

Want a more peaceful year? More calm and less chaos in 2017 than 2016?

Cook: Christmas and the animal kingdom [photos]

Published Dec. 25 2016

Besides the wise men, grungy shepherds and laboring Mary and Joseph, animals, too, were at the stable that night in...

Cook: Not all those who wander are lost [photos]

Published Dec. 18 2016

One night this fall, we were watching TV when my daughter heard a noise outside.

Cook: Courage in time of refugees and fear

Published Dec. 11 2016

In 1950, Dr. Louis Miller, a heart surgeon from New York City who immigrated from Lithuania as a boy and...

Cook: The warnings on the bus

Published Dec. 4 2016

If your child's bus driver was driving recklessly and erratically, what would you do?

Cook: The Hallelujahs of Woodmore Strong

Published Nov. 27 2016

Some evenings, after getting home from his shift at the foundry, William Clark will sit on his porch in the...

Cook: Why did the American cross the street?

Published Nov. 20 2016

In these divided days, let us take three steps toward each other.

Cook: Trump and the repulsed vote

Published Nov. 13 2016

Many of you voted for Trump. For a proudly racist fringe, doing so was a joy. Yet others? You were...

Cook: Voting Day is every day

Published Nov. 7 2016

For many in Chattanooga, it hurts in the worst place.

Cook: With malice toward none

Published Nov. 6 2016

God bless you, Karl Becker.

Cook: The littlest spaceman: a story of family [photos]

Published Oct. 30 2016

It was just after Valentine's Day. Kat, 34, and Krista, 29, had tried for years to get pregnant. Back in...

Cook: The most broken system in Tennessee

Published Oct. 23 2016

Need a reason to be against the death penalty?

Cook: The annual Christian Bryant column

Published Oct. 16 2016

Each year, around this time, I try to write a column about Christian Bryant.