Karen Nazor Hill (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6396
E-mail: khill@timesfreepress.com
Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for a series on Alzheimers disease; a Tennessee Press Association second-place award for feature writing; a Chattanooga DAR Media Appreciation Award; and was voted a 2009 Best of the Best columnist. Karen represented the newspaper as a member of the first adult class to graduate from Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Her hobbies include painting folk art portraits of John Lennon and Chihuahuas. Contact Karen at 423-757-6396 or khill@timesfreepress.com.

Grand Thoughts: Catastrophes teach kids what's most important in life

Published Sep. 25 2017

I strongly believe one of the best traits parents can teach their children is compassion. Without it, the world can...

Grand Thoughts: Bracing for a big, new smile

Published Sep. 4 2017

While it's not unusual for people my age (quickly approaching 65) to get dentures, what is unusual is for them...

Grand Thoughts: One lucky duck and her happy, singing ducklings

Published Aug. 7 2017

My three grandchildren go back to school this week, and I'm already suffering withdrawal symptoms. They stay with me during...

Grand Thoughts: Feeling shortchanged by summer break

Published Jul. 3 2017

Just four weeks into my grandchildren's summer vacation from school, I was shocked to see local department store personnel getting...

Grand Thoughts: Starting a rewarding summer with the grandkids

Published Jun. 5 2017

It's summer vacation and time for me to go into my full-time "mother/grandmother" mode. I keep my three grandchildren every...

Grand Thoughts: Young cousins develop an immediate bond

Published May. 8 2017

My grandchildren are still on an emotional high after spending a week with their 3-month-old cousin, Charleana, who recently traveled...

Grand Thoughts: Teaching kids compassion can start with a pet

Published Apr. 3 2017

There are many ways to teach a child how to be compassionate, but one surefire way of doing it is...

Grand Thoughts: Getting used to long-distance grandparenting

Published Mar. 6 2017

My fourth grandchild, Charleana (sounds like Pollyanna), was born Jan. 6 in San Diego, weighing just an ounce short of...

Grand Thoughts: Play-Doh arms? Too much truth

Published Feb. 6 2017

Thanks to my 6-year-old granddaughter, Evie, I am eating food that's good for me, and I'm working out every day.

Grand Thoughts: The joy of Santa's 'official' helper

Published Jan. 2 2017

One of the greatest joys of Christmas in our family is that my husband, Hank, is Santa Claus.

Need a last-minute gift? Don't panic! Think fashion

Published Dec. 20 2016

If you're a last-minute shopper looking to get your child a Hatchimals, you're pretty much out of luck. One of...

Grand Thoughts: Seat belts in buses are a good idea

Published Dec. 5 2016

It's been a hectic month with the fires, tornadoes and the tragic bus crash that took the lives of six...


Fashion designers offer discrete ways for women to carry firearms

Published Nov. 1 2016

Yes. From holsters in bras to corsets, purses and blouses created specifically to conceal weapons, women can be packin' and...

Grand Thoughts: Loving a long-distance grandchild

Published Oct. 3 2016

My husband, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and I were walking on a cobblestone street near Old Town Square in Prague, the capital...

Everything old is new again: Fashion backs itself up for the fall season

Published Sep. 19 2016

Looking to update your wardrobe with the latest fashion trends for fall?

Grand Thoughts: Separation anxiety can fade with age

Published Sep. 5 2016

The hardest part of being a mom has been to let my four kids go.

Blast from the past: The classic shirtwaist is this year's summer-to-fall frock

Published Aug. 26 2016

Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

Retirement and grandkids: Tired but happy

Published Aug. 1 2016

If you ask me what retirement is like, I'll tell you that I'm more exhausted now than I ever was...

Grand Thoughts: Learning the value of unconditional love

Published Jul. 4 2016

I'm having the time of my life this summer getting to spend so much time with my three grandchildren.

Hillary Clinton's fashion draws attention

Published Jul. 1 2016

Whether or not she makes it to the White House, Hillary Clinton is making history — and she's doing it...