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: 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.


Cook: Loving God with work gloves on

Published Apr. 2 2017

Usually, I'm asking the questions, but here, 60-year-old Mendonsa turns the tables. Our interview lasts over an hour, and Mendonsa,...

Opinion: What Howard High teens can teach Hamilton County officials

Published Mar. 19 2017

Wednesday afternoon's baseball game at Howard School wasn't cold. Sure, it was barely 40 degrees, with a bitter wind, but...

Cook: The pope, 'Hamilton' and Howard baseball

Published Mar. 12 2017

Not long ago, I heard of a Chattanooga man who bought season tickets to the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Why?...

Cook: See Jane run -- why Chattanooga's ballot is incomplete

Published Mar. 5 2017

Twenty years ago, when Chattanooga voters to the polls to elect a mayor and city council, there were 32 names...

Cook: Howard baseball's future ain't what it used to be

Published Feb. 26 2017

Two Sundays ago, within hours of reading about the Howard team, so many of you responded. Phone calls. Emails. New...

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?