John Rawlston

phone: 423-757-6697

John Rawlston is a staff photographer with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, where he has worked since the merger of Chattanooga’s two daily newspapers in 1999.

He worked as a staff photographer for the Chattanooga News-Free Press (later the Chattanooga Free Press) starting in 1976. Prior to that, he worked for a year as a sportswriter for the Cleveland Daily Banner in Cleveland, Tenn.

John graduated from Soddy Daisy High School in 1971. He graduated with the first group of mass communications majors at Middle Tennessee State University in 1975.

John was born in Tacoma, Wash., raised in Daisy, Tenn., and spent most of his adult life living in North Chattanooga. He is involved in the local music scene, has worked with the Nightfall concert series since 1990 and plays guitar in two local bands and with friends as often as he can.

His photograph of a bystander holding the hand of a wreck victim trapped in an upside-down car was included in the National Press Photographers Association’s “Best of Photojournalism/2002” book, and he won state awards for his photo project documenting the Chattanooga Lookouts final season at Engel Stadium.

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