Mark Kennedy (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6645
E-mail: mkennedy@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
Mark Kennedy is an editor and columnist whose work appears in several sections of the Times Free Press. His human interest column "Life Stories" appears each Thursday in the City section. He also writes the "Test Drive" automotive column in the Saturday Business section and the "Family Life" column in the Sunday Life section. He is assistant editor of the Edge business magazine. Kennedy has won the Tennessee Press Association's first-place award for column writing six times, and is also a five-time winner of the newspaper's Best of the Best contest in the columnist/reporter category. He has also been the newspaper's features editor, Sunday editor and opinion editor. Before the merger of Chattanooga's two newspapers in 1998, he was the coordinating editor of the Chattanooga Times. Kennedy lives on Signal Mountain with his wife and two sons. Contact Mark Kennedy at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6645. Follow him on Twitter @TFPCOLUMNIST. Subscribe to his Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/mkennedycolumnist.

Kennedy's Family Life: Learning to shut up and be kind

Published Mar. 26 2017

An interesting thing about growing older is that your character flaws eventually bubble up to the surface.

Test Drive: Infiniti Q60 has shark-like instincts

Published Mar. 25 2017

Infiniti's alpha-numeric naming system can be a puzzle. Today's test car began over a decade ago as the Infiniti G35...

Kennedy: Where's the Greatest Generation when we need it?

Published Mar. 23 2017

I had an epiphany this week while interviewing a 99-year-old man: The generation that journalist Tom Brokaw dubbed the Greatest...

Kennedy: Signal resident wins regional spelling bee, despite English not being her first language

Published Mar. 22 2017

Even though English is Lisa Lin's second language, spelling comes easy for her, the Thrasher fifth-grader said.

Kennedy: The power of the pout

Published Mar. 19 2017

Never underestimate the power of the pout.

Test Drive: Jaguar's XF now lighter, more nimble

Published Mar. 18 2017

Six hours after the all-wheel-drive 2017 Jaguar XF35t R-sport arrived in my driveway earlier this week, a rare mid-March snowfall...

Kennedy: Chattanooga spelling bee champ got late start on English

Published Mar. 15 2017

Lisa Lin's oversized smile can lift the mood of a room.

Test Drive: New Genesis G80 does many things well

Published Mar. 11 2017

The auto gods don't just give out passkeys to the luxury sedan club.

Kennedy: A Christian view of fashion

Published Mar. 9 2017

When it comes to fashion, consider the question: What should Christians do?

Kennedy's Family Life: Some simple pleasures lost to history

Published Mar. 5 2017

There are things I miss about my 20th century childhood.

New business owners SCORE with savvy advice from pros

Published Mar. 5 2017

When Tonja Perkins decided at mid-career to open a women's tennis apparel boutique on Frazier Avenue, she had a strong...

Test Drive: Infiniti's flagship Q70L is stretched for comfort

Published Mar. 4 2017

Infiniti's flagship Q70L sedan, with its distinctively curvaceous exterior design, looks nothing like its competitors.


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Kennedy: Finding your way in America

Published Mar. 2 2017

Jesse Drennen, a former football stand-out at Ringgold High School, was one of those young men you hear about who...

Kennedy: Sneakers teach of the boom-and-bust mentality

Published Mar. 1 2017

My 15-year-old son and I were shopping at Hamilton Place mall earlier this month when he summoned me to an...

New Chattanooga business owners get help from retired executives through national program

Published Mar. 1 2017

When Tonja Perkins decided at mid-career to open a women's tennis apparel boutique on Frazier Avenue, she had a strong...

Kennedy's Family Life: Let's play 'Flip my sneakers'

Published Feb. 26 2017

My 15-year-old son and I were shopping at Hamilton Place mall earlier this month when he summoned me to an...

Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz S-Class cabriolet blindingly gorgeous

Published Feb. 25 2017

Can a drop-top coupe be drop-dead gorgeous?

Kennedy: From death's door to top orator, Kathy Dempsey knows a happy ending

Published Feb. 23 2017

Forty years ago as a teenager, Kathy Dempsey was attending Tennessee Temple High School here and throwing newspapers as a...

Kennedy: Why the Academy Awards are a cultural time capsule

Published Feb. 22 2017

The Oscars are less than a week away, and I have seen only two of the nine "Best Picture" nominees:...

Kennedy's Family Life Column: Movies are the ties that bind all of us

Published Feb. 19 2017

The Oscars are a week away, and I have seen only two of the nine Best Picture nominees: the historical...