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: Full review of the 2017 Mazda Miata RF

Published May. 27 2017

We tried hard to find a flaw in the new Mazda MX-5 (Miata) RF. Honestly, we did.

Film review: Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick fights bloat [trailer]

Published May. 25 2017

The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this...

Quick Spin: Lexus GS350 F-Sport combines polish, performance

Published May. 23 2017

From the front view, the Lexus GS350 F-sport looks like a wild animal in full growl. Its enormous spindle grille...


Kennedy's Family Life: Why you should never buy your teen a hummer

Published May. 21 2017

So my 15-year-old son and I are car shopping.

Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Titan, new and improved

Published May. 20 2017

The bread-and-butter engine for the all-new 2017 Nissan Titan, a 5.6-liter V-8, is manufactured up the road in Smyrna, Tenn.,...

Kennedy: Spring cleaning clears the mind

Published May. 14 2017

Interesting fact: One out of four garages in America is so cluttered it won't even fit one car.

Commuter car comparison: Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Prius Prime

Published May. 13 2017

This comparison originated on a whim: How could the world's two pre-eminent car companies produce mass-market commuter cars so vastly...

Kennedy's Family Life: Finding magic in your children's experiments with hobbies

Published May. 7 2017

Our house is littered with artifacts from the many phases of boyhood.

UTC's continuing education department shifts from hobby-based offerings to professional development

Published May. 7 2017

Back in the day, the continuing education department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga focused on a hodgepodge of...

Test driving the Hyundai Elantra: Good things come in small packages

Published May. 6 2017

If you have ever rented a compact car, chances are a Hyundai Elantra was on the menu of choices.

Kennedy: Woman converts family farm into wedding venue, helps military couples

Published May. 4 2017

When she was 12 years old, Wanda Jones Cooper, now 66, sat on her Granny Jones' front porch in rural...

UTC's continuing education department sheds hobby-based offerings in favor of professional development

Published May. 1 2017

Back in the day, the continuing education department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga focused on a hodgepodge of...


Kennedy: Fidget spinner craze sweeps schools

Published Apr. 30 2017

"Spinning your wheels" is a cliche for good reason. It means trying hard at something but getting no traction.

Test Drive: Volkswagen Golf R full review

Published Apr. 29 2017

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is the jalapeno pepper of hot hatchbacks: spicy, attainable and potent.

Kennedy: Tips for helping teenage children

Published Apr. 27 2017

For 30 years, Floyd and Deborah Richardson have been house parents at Bethel Bible Village, a Christian group home off...

Kennedy: Things I know because I'm a dad

Published Apr. 23 2017

There was a time in my 30s when I felt like a confirmed bachelor.

Test Drive: Mecedes-Benz CLS450 a king-of-the-road SUV

Published Apr. 21 2017

If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to drive a bank vault, you should take a spin in...

Test Drive: 2017 VW Beetle Dune Convertible

Published Apr. 20 2017

For 2017, Volkswagen is adding a convertible option to the VW Beetle Dune line-up. We were able to drive a...

Kennedy: Requiem for a soldier 155 years later

Published Apr. 20 2017

James Mason Anderson, a Confederate soldier, died from a blast to the face at the Battle of Shiloh, one of...

Kennedy: Cherishing father, son bonding

Published Apr. 16 2017

Sometimes the 10-year-old and the 58-year-old in our house butt heads.