Elizabeth Fite (Reporter)

Phone: 423.757.6673
E-mail: efite@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
Elizabeth is a recent graduate of 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. In 2016, she was part of a reporting team that traveled to Southwest Georgia to bring coverage to a rural and economically depressed region that is home to seven of the state's 10 least healthy counties. 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. In her free time, she enjoys reading, riding horses and listening to live music.

Primary care doctors, specialists gather at CHI Memorial oncology symposium

Published Nov. 21 2017

Keeping primary care providers up to speed is important as cancer research develops — that was the theme of the...

Experts weigh in on social media's impact on teen suicide rates

Published Nov. 20 2017

Teen suicide rates in the United States rose between 2010 and 2015, and a new study suggests social media could...

Tennessee's health issues hurt its economy, report says

Published Nov. 17 2017

Tennessee's poor health status costs the state billions of dollars, and policy makers are taking notice.

Hospice Care Center moves downtown near Erlanger, opens doors Monday

Published Nov. 17 2017

Hospice Care Center, the acute care inpatient division of Hospice of Chattanooga, will begin serving patients and families at its...

After years struggling with his weight, local man undergoes bariatric surgery

Published Nov. 13 2017

Weight Watchers, the Atkins diet, low-carb, low-fat — Jerome Gordon tried them all.

Mickey Mouse, Disney skaters visit kids at Children's Hospital at Erlanger

Published Nov. 9 2017

When 3-year-old Maya Oliver walked into the Children's Hospital at Erlanger playroom Wednesday morning wearing a pair of Minnie Mouse...

Experts say time change can impact your health

Published Nov. 6 2017

The clocks struck 2 a.m. Sunday morning and fell back an hour to standard time, but while summer-sun lovers mourn...

The stars and stripes: Home from war, Chattanooga veteran keeps his eyes on the flag

Published Nov. 3 2017

Rick Mullins loves the American flag. If he sees a ripped one flying around town, he makes it his mission...

The WWII gunner: Chattanooga man looks back at life as a youngster in war

Published Nov. 3 2017

It was December 1943 when Don Womack first left his hometown of Chattanooga, and he remembers looking back at his...

The family legacy: For Georgia man, joining the military was a given

Published Nov. 3 2017

Walking up the wooden stairs to Harold Silcox's "man cave" feels more like walking into a history museum.

Help available, but Obamacare navigators enter open enrollment with concerns

Published Nov. 2 2017

The road to Nov. 1, the first day of open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, was...

We Care Weekend gives cancer patients, families a welcomed retreat

Published Oct. 24 2017

Everyone wants to get away from routine sometimes, but for cancer patients and their families, escaping the day-to-day of care...

Aging Tennessee grappling with stagnant funds, limited programs, uncertain future [photos]

Published Oct. 22 2017

Tennessee is turning gray, and stagnant funds coupled with limited capacity in state programs struggling to meet the demands of...

Ambitious undertaking aims to preserve memories of Chattanooga

Published Oct. 20 2017

Chattanooga's history will no longer be tucked away in old archives filled with dusty books or trapped as fleeting memories...

Miss Tennessee tackles opioid epidemic

Published Oct. 17 2017

The effects of substance abuse and the opioid epidemic have hit close to home for Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis.

Don't get duped during Medicare enrollment

Published Oct. 15 2017

It's as easy as A, B, C, D, until you toss the word "Medicare" in front.

Infant whooping cough prevention is often overlooked

Published Oct. 10 2017

Not enough expectant mothers are vaccinated for pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and it's putting their babies at risk,...

Fall allergies plague many Chattanooga area residents

Published Oct. 9 2017

Spring pollen washed away months ago, but that doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods when it comes to seasonal...

Sen. Alexander kicks off series of Capitol Hill hearings addressing opioid crisis

Published Oct. 6 2017

Members of the U.S. Senate Health Committee heard Thursday that more research will be needed if they are to combat...

Tennessee program to help pregnant women stop smoking considered 'gold standard'

Published Oct. 2 2017

Caitlin Hyma knew cigarettes were bad for her health when she started smoking in her late teens.