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

Test Drive: Subaru Crosstrek gets new goodies

Published Feb. 24 2018

In three short years, the Crosstrek has become Subaru's third best-selling vehicle, behind the wildly popular Outback and Forester models.

Kennedy: Mustang makeovers a win-win proposition

Published Feb. 22 2018

Cavin Graham, a professional horse trainer from Rocky Face, Ga., is a product of good, old-fashioned American ingenuity.

Kennedy: Age gap helps balance family

Published Feb. 18 2018

I have a big birthday coming up in a few months. I won't divulge exactly how old I'll be; let's...

Test Drive: 2018 Mazda 3 still sharp and sophisticated

Published Feb. 17 2018

Sometimes we get frustrated when great cars have prosaic names. This week's tester, the compact Mazda 3 sedan, is a...

Kennedy: Singing set to help pay 10-year-old's medical bills

Published Feb. 15 2018

Chloe Clark, a North Alabama 10-year-old, almost died last month after a sheet of wood decking fell from a roof...

Kennedy: A family friends that squeals and beeps

Published Feb. 11 2018

Our Kenmore clothes dryer squeals like a 12-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

Test Drive: 2018 GMC Terrain Denali sets luxury standard for small SUVs

Published Feb. 10 2018

To the American consumer, the SUV has become an art form.

Kennedy: AARP makes filing taxes less taxing

Published Feb. 8 2018

On Tuesday morning, Donald and Ann Fritz of Red Bank gathered their tax documents in a file folder and headed...

Quick Spin: Honda Pilot Elite pampers passengers with luxury

Published Feb. 4 2018

Our 2018 Honda Pilot Elite tester this week is the first car we've ever driven that actually changes color.

Kennedy: Hide your iPhone chargers now

Published Feb. 4 2018

One question resonates through our house like a chant: Where is my phone charger?

Test Drive: Chevy Silverado 1500 proves a half-million buyers can't be wrong

Published Feb. 3 2018

The Chevy Silverado 1500 full-size pickup truck is the automotive equivalent of comfort food.

Kennedy: A sinking feeling; and Schoolfield, Vol. II

Published Feb. 1 2018

Today, two topics.


The 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' band wins? Grammy's big shocks

Published Jan. 28 2018

There was little doubt who should take home the Album of the Year Grammy in 1984. That was Michael Jackson...

Quick Spin: Chevy Cruze diesel scores on fuel economy torque

Published Jan. 28 2018

Many American buyers shop for small SUVs when a hatchback would serve their needs.

Kennedy: The charms of bedtime reading

Published Jan. 28 2018

As your children get older, you begin to hold tight to small rituals.

Tips on choosing a tax preparer

Published Jan. 28 2018

Because of the complexities of tax laws in the United States, many Americans still turn to tax preparation specialists for...

Reverse mortages create income stream for retirees

Published Jan. 28 2018

In the first quarter of 2017, United States seniors had an estimated $6.3 trillion locked up in home equity.

Time is ripe for boomers to consider long-term care insurance

Published Jan. 28 2018

Mention long-term care insurance to most Americans and their eyes will glaze over.

Simple solutions to boost your money IQ

Published Jan. 28 2018

With Christmas bills coming due and a massive $1.5 trillion federal tax overhaul about to kick in, the winter of...

Test Drive: Acura MDX offers three-row utility, luxury amenities

Published Jan. 27 2018

Acura's flagship SUV, the MDX, is in one of the most competitive — and profitable — automotive segments in the...