John Rawlston (Reporter, Photographer)

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. Contact john at 423-757-6693 or

Photo gallery: Discovering dinosaurs at Chattanooga Convention Center

Published Jun. 1 2015

A pair of animated Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs menace visitors to the traveling exhibit, "Discover the Dinosaurs" at the Chattanooga Convention...

How it's made: the illustrated guide to distilling Chattanooga Whiskey

Published May. 12 2015

For the first time since Prohibition began in 1920, whiskey is being distilled again in Chattanooga. Within the 3,000-square-foot storefront...

National Cornbread Festival brings crowds to South Pittsburg, Tenn.

Published Apr. 27 2015

Folks come from all around to the National Cornbread Festival on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2015, in South Pittsburg, Tenn.


Moment: Stitching chances into lives

Published Apr. 20 2015

Something is being altered in an upstairs room near the courthouse square in Cleveland, Tenn.

Families enjoy Easter at Coolidge in Chattanooga

Published Apr. 5 2015

Families enjoy the Easter at Coolidge event on Sunday, Apr. 5, 2015, in Chattanooga.

Photo: Fire Department rescues two from 60-foot-high Waffle House sign

Published Mar. 31 2015

All they wanted to do was change out the lights on the Waffle House sign at 23rd Street. Instead, they...

Siege of Bridgeport Civil War Re-enactment draws crowds

Published Mar. 30 2015

Siege of Bridgeport Civil War Re-enactment draws spectators

Video: Delta Queen says goodbye to Chattanooga, hello to Big Easy

Published Mar. 23 2015

The Delta Queen paddle wheel steamboat left Chattanooga for New Orleans on Sunday.

Photo gallery: Strides of March Memorial Walk

Published Mar. 23 2015

A photo gallery of the 20th annual Strides of March Memorial Walk on Sunday in Chattanooga.

Moment: The adventures of a dog walker

Published Mar. 9 2015

On a recent weekday, the forecast called for scattered rain showers, growing heavier in the afternoon. But, rain or shine,...

Tanker truck collides with pickup on Broad Street in Chattanooga

Published Mar. 2 2015

Emergency workers are at the scene of an accident between a pickup truck and a tanker truck at the intersection...

Moment: Iconic marquee restoration nears completion across from Chattanooga Choo Choo

Published Jan. 19 2015

It was one of Barry Snyder's earliest childhood memories of Chattanooga: seeing a dazzlingly lighted flashing sign with neon frogs...

Photo: Reworking the Riverfront

Published Dec. 10 2014

Moment: Master of the harmonica

Published Dec. 1 2014

When you hear him play, you might think Blackie Marlo was born with a harmonica in his mouth, but it...

Moment: Master of the harmonica

Published Dec. 1 2014

When you hear him play, you might think Blackie Marlo was born with a harmonica in his mouth, but it...

Moment: Pickin' buddies

Published Oct. 13 2014

Playing music with his friends is something Richard McGibony has done on a weekly basis for decades.

Moment: Stewards of the land - volunteers help spruce up Citizens Cemetery, Chattanooga's oldest

Published Aug. 25 2014

On a steamy Saturday morning in July, Jay Hopkins led a group of nine volunteers - incoming freshmen participating in...

Moment: Nostalgic service

Published Jul. 7 2014

Bob Miller didn't realize he would be one of the last of a breed when he became a service technician...

Moment: A matter of respect (with audio)

Published May. 26 2014

Today, tiny American flags flutter from each headstone in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, placed over the weekend by Boy Scouts,...

Photo Moment: Love in blooms: 'Smitty' enjoys making people happy with flower deliveries

Published Apr. 14 2014

James Smith pulls a white van into the driveway at Ensign Florist on South Crest Road on a recent afternoon....