Elizabeth Fite (Reporter)

Phone: 423.757.6673
E-mail: efite@timesfreepress.com
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.

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.

President Kevin Spiegel highlights growth at Erlanger hospital board meeting

Published Sep. 29 2017

Growth was the theme of Erlanger Health System President Kevin Spiegel's report during Thursday evening's hospital board meeting.

A clip in time saves lives: Memorial uses pioneering heart valve repair procedure

Published Sep. 25 2017

Simple tasks such as cooking, cleaning and walking to the mailbox are not so simple for people with symptoms of...

Free medical clinic to visit East Ridge

Published Sep. 18 2017

Free, no-strings-attached dental, vision and general medical care may seem too good to be true, but Remote Area Medical will...

Free conference offers health and financial advice for women

Published Sep. 15 2017

This Saturday, the second annual Make It Matter! Make It Happen! Make It a Healthy Lifestyle! conference will help women...

Chattanooga's newest Sister City is born

Published Sep. 14 2017

Chattanooga's newest sister city, Tono, Japan, is 6,489 miles away, but Strat Parrott said that in many ways the city...


CDC warns of salmonella concerns over backyard chickens

Published Sep. 10 2017

It's no "chicken-and-egg" situation when determining how more than 900 people picked up salmonella infections so far this year, according...

Mayor challenges residents to get fit with new citywide app

Published Sep. 6 2017

As part of the effort to promote more physical activity in Chattanooga, residents can now download a mobile app, Rove,...

Fatal deer virus sweeps through East Tennessee

Published Sep. 4 2017

Increased reports of dead deer throughout the state prompted the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to release a statement in August...

Officials say it's time to get flu shots

Published Sep. 3 2017

September marks the beginning of fall, football and flu season.

Dr. Lisa Smith leads in chest wall reconstruction, emergency response

Published Sep. 1 2017

Workday tasks for pediatric surgeon Lisa Smith can range from removing appendices, to performing reconstructive surgery or caring for injured...

Local animal shelters open doors for furry flood victims from Texas, Louisiana

Published Sep. 1 2017

Military tents are pitched and ready to receive storm refugees in a lot behind the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga,...

Get fit, Chattanooga? There's an app for that

Published Aug. 31 2017

Mayor Andy Berke's Get Fit Challenge is going digital.

Chattanooga medical teams, volunteers aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Published Aug. 29 2017

Medical teams and volunteers from Chattanooga have joined disaster relief efforts as Hurricane Harvey's effects crippled Southeast Texas and moved...