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: 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...

Cook: It's tough getting old: jelly doughnuts and herniated discs

Published Oct. 22 2017

Looking back, I should have seen it coming.

Cook: The living, the dead and the courage of memory

Published Oct. 16 2017

Between 1885 and 1906, four black men were lynched in Chattanooga.

Cook: Las Vegas and our response time

Published Oct. 8 2017

There is a gap, a moment, a pause.

Cook: Kneeling good for the American soul

Published Oct. 1 2017

He could have turned his back.

Cook: How much tourism is left in the ground?

Published Sep. 24 2017

Like any nonrenewable energy source, our current tourist economy will one day run dry. Past economies prove this death-rebirth life...

Cook: $100 million and 450,000,000 box tops

Published Sep. 10 2017

Last week, Hamilton County commissioners voted 8-1 for a property tax plan that promises $100 million for public school infrastructure.

Cook: Gen. Stewart and the Good Man argument

Published Sep. 3 2017

The 98-year-old statue of Confederate Gen. Alexander P. Stewart should come down.

Cook: The underlying peace of the heart

Published Aug. 27 2017

Some years ago Dr. Herb Barks, the longtime Baylor School headmaster, had just been diagnosed with prostate cancer.