Elizabeth Fite (Reporter)

Phone: 423.757.6673
E-mail: efite@timesfreepress.com
Elizabeth Fite covers health care for the Chattanooga Times Free Press and joined the paper in 2017 after graduating from the University of Georgia's health and medical journalism master's program. She has written for WebMD, Georgia Health News and UGA's Office of Research, where she covered public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, infectious diseases and other sciences. Before returning to her hometown of Athens to attend UGA, she interned at the Aiken Standard, a daily newspaper in South Carolina, and graduated from Auburn University with degrees in journalism and English literature.

Chattanooga experiencing increase in hepatitis A cases

Published Jun. 21 2018

Chattanooga is experiencing a higher than normal number of cases of hepatitis A virus.

Should Ebola or another infectious disease strike Chattanooga, a team of health care professionals is ready [photos]

Published Jun. 17 2018

Although Chattanooga's health care systems have never treated anyone for Ebola virus, Africa's latest outbreak is a reminder that in...

Commander of Navy Medicine West visits Chattanooga

Published Jun. 13 2018

Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, commander of Navy Medicine West, has returned to his Tennessee roots to meet with local leaders...


Aspiring youth get behind-the-scene look at medicine [photos]

Published Jun. 7 2018

Does med school take forever? Is it really that hard? Do you get paid? How do you handle dying patients?...

Special event reunites heart patients with providers

Published Jun. 6 2018

Physicians, nurses and patients got a rare opportunity to reconvene post-procedure at CHI Memorial's Tuesday evening reunion of patients who...

Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital nears completion

Published Jun. 6 2018

Elected officials and the business community got a preview Tuesday of the new Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital at the corner...

International medical graduates expected to fill gap in U.S. health care

Published Jun. 4 2018

The United States will need up to 120,000 additional doctors, including a minimum of 42,600 primary care physicians, by 2030,...

New book aims to educate about epilepsy

Published Jun. 2 2018

Audrionna Hill, 12, and Satchel Cundiff, 9, have never met, but their paths will soon converge in a book from...

Erlanger releases rendering of proposed ER in Bradley County

Published May. 30 2018

Officials with Erlanger Health System released on Wednesday an artistic rendering and details of their proposed Level IV trauma center...

Report: Childhood obesity hits Tennessee hardest

Published May. 30 2018

Children in Tennessee are more obese than those in any other state, according to a new report from the nonprofit...

Ooltewah family fights to find cure for 5-year-old boy [photos]

Published May. 27 2018

A rainbow-colored racetrack snakes across the Ledbetters' hardwood floor, scattered with toy automobiles, in their home in Ooltewah.

Report examines depression's impact [document]

Published May. 27 2018

Depression's negative impact on the health of commercially insured Americans is significant, according to a new report from the BlueCross...

Erlanger boasts $1.1 billion budget, nurse retention at May meetings

Published May. 25 2018

Erlanger Health System prepared to usher in a new era at its board of trustees meetings this week.

Hixson High School art team wins national shoe contest [photos, video]

Published May. 17 2018

The excitement at Hixson High School on Thursday morning was undeniable, as a student-led art team won the Vans "Custom...

Bronchoscopy procedure gives hope in fight against lung cancer [photos]

Published May. 17 2018

Accurate lung cancer diagnosis requires a biopsy, but sampling small nodules using regular technology is like trying to find a...

Protect against tick and mosquito-borne diseases

Published May. 13 2018

Spring is in full swing, and the Tennessee Department of Health wants people who enjoy the outdoors to protect themselves...

New $39.7 million facility opens at University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Published May. 12 2018

A new chapter in health care education in Tennessee began Friday when the $39.7 million Center for Healthcare Improvement and...

Group celebrates end to animal use in Chattanooga emergency medical training

Published May. 12 2018

A nonprofit physicians group that advocates for alternatives to animal research is touting a victory in its efforts to modernize...

Experts call for look at public health implications of medical marijuana

Published May. 10 2018

A bill attempting to legalize medical cannabis in Tennessee gained more support this year than previous years' legislation before ultimately...

Citing dangers to children, FDA, FTC crack down on vaping liquids

Published May. 9 2018

The federal government has issued a new warning that e-cigarette products designed to look like popular candy, cookies and juice...