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: 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...

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.