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: Drive time puts me in the swim of things

Published Feb. 5 2018

One of the highlights of my retirement is the flexibility I have in helping my daughter, Kacee, a single mom...

Music, laughter, family make it a Christmas to remember

Published Dec. 31 2017

My grandchildren celebrated their best Christmas ever last week.

Dressed to party: Look for understated glamour in holiday fashions

Published Dec. 11 2017

Glitz and glamour are synonymous with holiday fashions, and designers today tailor these festive styles to women of all ages...


Grand Thoughts: A fun and festive Christmas on Charleana Circle

Published Dec. 4 2017

Several weeks ago, I flew to California to spend time with my son and daughter-in-law, Kit and Bonnie, and my...

Chattanooga Market will be swinging on Big Band Day

Published Nov. 9 2017

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Chattanooga Market this Sunday.

Tivoli Theatre presents 'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!'

Published Nov. 9 2017

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!" stage production, based on the popular PBS Kids series "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,"...

Grand Thoughts: Don't judge, but I'm feeling the Christmas spirit already

Published Nov. 6 2017

Stores began selling holiday decorations in mid-October.

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...