Joan Garrett McClane (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6601
E-mail: jmcclane@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming the newspaper's project editor, she covered business, higher education and the court system. But in recent years she has mostly focused on reporting investigative and narrative pieces on everything from gang culture to suicide to the child welfare system. And her work to highlight the issues facing those on the fringes of society has earned the paper national recognition. This year the Associated Press named McClane "Journalist of the Year" for the state of Tennessee, and in 2014 she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series she spearheaded on Chattanooga's unsolved murder rate and the no snitch culture of the inner city. She has received the national Casey Medal for writing about children and families and the national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her feature writing. She has also been a finalist for the Livingston Award for young journalists, the Dart Award for coverage of trauma and the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity. When she isn't chasing stories, she likes hosting friends and family at her home in Red bank and curling up on the couch for Netflix marathons with her husband, Matt, and 4-year-old rescue mutt named Gidget. Contact Joan at 423-757-6601 or jmcclane@timesfreepress.com.

Poverty Puzzle: About the reporting

Published Mar. 6 2016

THIS SERIES WAS reported for more than a year. To have a foundation of knowledge on the issues of poverty,...

America's hardest-hit county is reluctantly coming together after falling apart

Published Mar. 6 2016

A hard-hit coal mining community has a lesson to teach Chattanooga about the power of community bonds, the impact of...

A School Like Home

Published Mar. 6 2016

In Chattanooga, we ask schools to teach children, not raise them. But one local educator, who fears struggling schools have...

There is a story behind every story; a reporter looks back

Published Mar. 6 2016

How searching for the solution to American poverty changed a reporter's life.

Report about black Chattanoogans offers bleak picture, calls for unified action

Published Sep. 13 2015

The lives of too many black Chattanoogans are marked by poverty, struggle, poor health, violence, low wages and an inability...

Terrorist or extremist, was Abdulazeez a man with a plan?

Published Jul. 23 2015

The FBI is not calling Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez a terrorist -- not yet, at least.

Why he did it: a look at the Chattanooga gunman's motives

Published Jul. 21 2015

The windy road to Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez's Hixson home is peppered with churches and subdivisions.

Lack of home Internet access hinders students with school-provided iPads

Published Dec. 23 2014

Replacing some Hamilton County students' textbooks with iPads was a move intended to boost faltering public education performance.

When hope needs hope - the story of Deanna Duncan's fight against death

Published Jul. 13 2014

View our coverage of the story of Deanna Duncan's struggle against death.

Means Matter: DAY THREE of special coverage on suicides

Published Jul. 1 2014

View DAY THREE of our special coverage on suicides.

Means Matter: DAY THREE of special coverage on suicides

Published Jul. 1 2014

View DAY THREE of our special coverage on suicides.

Into the Darkness: DAY ONE of our special coverage on suicides

Published Jun. 29 2014

View DAY ONE of our special coverage on suicides.

Update: Jesse Jackson calls for Chattanooga to embrace love, not fear

Published Apr. 25 2014

Jesse Jackson stood before almost a dozen Chattanooga pastors, both black and white.

Civil Rights pioneer Paul McDaniel has ministered to Chattanooga for 48 years; now he's stepping back

Published Mar. 9 2014

A brief time line of the Rev. Paul McDaniel's service in Chattanooga:

Selling High Point: Success stories will convince skeptics of the anti-violence initiative, advocates claim

Published Dec. 29 2013

Speak No Evil

Chattanooga forum looks at 'face of mental illness'

Published Oct. 13 2013

* National Alliance on Mental Illness, Chattanooga

How to stand on your own two feet, even if your legs don't work

Published Oct. 6 2013

Sidney McDonald had grown accustomed to lurching forward, blue and white braces strapped to his legs to keep them from...

Delta Queen wins reprieve; Mayor Andy Berke's office relents on plan to evict riverboat

Published Sep. 18 2013

The mayor's office reversed its stance on the Delta Queen on Tuesday after days of defending the riverboat's planned eviction...

Breaking: City gives Delta Queen riverboat 6-month extension

Published Sep. 17 2013

The city has granted the Delta Queen a six-month extension at its berth downtown on the Tennessee River, operator Leah...

Breaking: City gives Delta Queen riverboat 6-month extension

Published Sep. 17 2013

The city has granted the Delta Queen a six-month extension at its berth downtown on the Tennessee River, operator Leah...