Mark Kennedy (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6645
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 or 423-757-6645. Follow him on Twitter @TFPCOLUMNIST. Subscribe to his Facebook updates at

Kennedy: 'Daddy, how big is Chattanooga?'

Published Sep. 24 2017

The human mind searches for context.

Test Drive: New, improved 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Published Sep. 23 2017

Yes, Volkswagen's redesigned 2018 Tiguan is bigger and better than ever. In a comparison test, just rated the Tiguan...

Kennedy: From Bethel to Baylor in one generation

Published Sep. 21 2017

We hear a lot about upward mobility and how hard it is to achieve in 21st century America.


Kennedy: The tiny house generation

Published Sep. 17 2017

Our 10-year-old son is a big fan of little houses.

Quick Spin: Land Rover Discovery is quiet, smooth, luxurious

Published Sep. 17 2017

With gas prices spiking to a two-year high last week in the Chattanooga area, there is an opening for diesel-powered...

Test Drive: Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ gets Midnight edition

Published Sep. 16 2017

Half-ton pickup trucks such as the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 are perennially Chattanooga's best selling new vehicles.

Kennedy: 62-year-old runner is opening eyes to uterine cancer

Published Sep. 14 2017

Five years ago, Colleen Johnson was 100 pounds overweight and battling endometrial cancer.

Kennedy: American fathers getting older and older

Published Sep. 10 2017

It appears I was on the cusp of a trend by fathering children in my 40s.

Test Drive: Dodge Charger Daytona 392 a wolf in wolves' 'cool' clothing

Published Sep. 9 2017

Tell your wife you're shopping for a new family sedan, and then come home driving this banana yellow Dodge Charger...

Kennedy: The case for naming your car

Published Sep. 3 2017

Does your car need a name? The short answer is "yes."

Test Drive: Tennessee-made GMC Acadia a model of competence and comfort

Published Sep. 2 2017

Dear GMC: Please, please turn the chrome-plated grille on your Acadia Denali into a pop-off snowboard. It's the perfect shape...

Erlanger Medical Group's Sondra McGinnis succeeds through service and efficiency

Published Sep. 1 2017

Sondra McGinnis, who was recently named chief nursing officer of Erlanger Medical Group, is constantly in search of better outcomes...


Kennedy: Don't Twitter-fight POTUS

Published Aug. 31 2017

Mayweather vs. McGregor it wasn't.

Kennedy: Leftover lessons from the Great Eclipse

Published Aug. 27 2017

Today, a few final thoughts on the Great American Eclipse.

Test Drive: Hyundai mints new Tucson "Night" edition

Published Aug. 26 2017

"So, is this some kind of sports car?"

Kennedy: Coming home is special for Ridgeland principal

Published Aug. 24 2017

Karen Hughes, 45, was a member of the first graduating class at Ridgeland High School in 1990 and a player...

Kennedy: Embers of war can reignite

Published Aug. 20 2017

I grew up with a portrait of Robert E. Lee hanging in the living room of my parents' home. It...

Test Drive: Range Rover conveys status, luxury

Published Aug. 19 2017

At base, buying a new vehicle is an expression of personal tastes — some of them barely rational.

Kennedy: Goodbye sun, hello life

Published Aug. 17 2017

Charlie Steinhice, a 57-year-old manager at BlueCross BlueShield, thinks those who shrug off Monday's solar eclipse are making the mistake...

Kennedy: How I peaked in 10th grade

Published Aug. 13 2017

I thought I had peaked as a human being in 10th grade.