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: 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...

Cook: Things are not as we think they are

Published Jan. 21 2018

The Sunday after President Donald Trump reportedly called Haiti and nations in African "s***hole countries," the Rev. John Talbird stood...

Cook: One-in-five black Tennesseans can't vote

Published Jan. 14 2018

"So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself." —...

Cook: Our pain may not be what we think

Published Jan. 7 2018

Three months ago, I could barely walk, pain like a live wire roaring through my back and leg.

Cook: Don't be so cool in 2018

Published Dec. 31 2017

In 2017, we were cool. Really cool.

Cook: 'Tis a gift to be simple: the life of Keiko Brewer

Published Dec. 24 2017

Despite what advertisers and big-box stores tell us, Christmas is about small things.

Cook: Grief and the holidays

Published Dec. 17 2017

Happy holidays?

Cook: Let's start a Chattanooga Freedom Fund

Published Dec. 10 2017

Let's say you're arrested for a misdemeanor crime. Something small and nonviolent, like driving without a license. Shoplifting. Possession of...

Cook: Friends with the most hated man in the U.S.

Published Dec. 3 2017

Much of America hates Ajit Pai right now.

Cook: God, gun violence and Bob Corker

Published Nov. 26 2017

Two days before Thanksgiving, a delegation of local clergy — Christians, Jews, Muslims, a total of 21 in all —...

Cook: The most important place in Hamilton County

Published Nov. 19 2017

Three questions.

Cook: Everybody has a heart - the wisdom of Will Hunt

Published Nov. 12 2017

One year ago this week, Will Hunt's heart gave out.

Cook: A prayer for Butch Jones

Published Nov. 5 2017

Thank God for Butch Jones.

Cook: City Hall silence and the ongoing sewer crisis

Published Oct. 29 2017

Since early August, the city of Chattanooga has disconnected water service to more than 400 of its citizens and commercial...