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: 10 things worth missing from the '70s

Published Jul. 23 2017

Quick, what decade are we in?

Quick Spin: New Kia Niro hits reset on hybrids

Published Jul. 23 2017

If you like the idea of owning a hybrid vehicle, but loath the thought of having a wedge-shaped compact car...

Test Drive: Rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS350 has 'cool' factor

Published Jul. 22 2017

It's easy to forget the virtues of a rear-wheel-drive automobile: light steering, squealable tires and kick-in-the-pants power.


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Kennedy: No looking over this 4-leaf clover

Published Jul. 20 2017

Five Hooie brothers from Pulaski, Tenn., served their country in wartime. All five returned home safely.

Kennedy: Encountering the Braves' new world

Published Jul. 16 2017

In the summer of 1969, my Middle Tennessee family of four stopped in Atlanta on the way to Florida to...

Test Drive: Mazda CX-5 small SUV has quiet, upscale vibe

Published Jul. 15 2017

A key to this all-Mazda garage would be selling my older son on the CX-5 SUV, the subject of today's...

Kennedy: From poverty to promise

Published Jul. 13 2017

Allen Green, a 32-year-old Chattanooga firefighter, remembers being known as a "dirty kid" in middle school because he didn't always...

Q&A with new Chattanooga State President Rebecca Ashford

Published Jul. 9 2017

Rebecca Ashford, 44, a former Pellissippi State Community College administrator, takes the helm as president of Chattanooga State Community College...

Kennedy: A beginner's guide to hooliganism

Published Jul. 2 2017

For a minute there, Galen Riley, a 33-year-old Chattanooga software engineer, was thinking about leaving Chattanooga for greener pastures.

New Chattanooga State President Rebecca Ashford talked about her hopes for the college

Published Jul. 1 2017

Rebecca Ashford, 44, a former Pellissippi State Community College administrator, takes the helm as president of Chattanooga State Community College...

Test Drive: Toyota Yaris iA is the diamond of the sub-compact segment

Published Jul. 1 2017

If the Toyota Yaris iA were a canine, it would be a mutt.

Kennedy: Making a 'stand' for sick kids

Published Jun. 29 2017

Nothing says summer in the South like a child's lemonade stand. It's American entrepreneurship squeezed down to its essence.


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Kennedy: Attack of the killer potatoes

Published Jun. 25 2017

It was the perfect attention-grabbing headline:

Test Drive: 2017 Mazda6 dressed up and buttoned down

Published Jun. 24 2017

If the Mazda6 were a garment, it would be a tuxedo.

Kennedy: TV's Calvin Sneed rushes to photograph old bridges

Published Jun. 22 2017

When he was just 10 years old, Calvin Sneed stopped eating to grieve the demolition of a metal truss bridge...

Kennedy: 10 lessons I learned from my banker mom

Published Jun. 18 2017

My mother was a banker. For most of four decades, the 1960s through the 1990s, she was a teller at...

Kennedy: Fiat 500 Cabrio corners market on 'cute'

Published Jun. 17 2017

Let's stipulate that the 2017 Fiat 500 Pop Cabrio is cute.

Kennedy: Mother's grief fuels anti-drug appeal to kids

Published Jun. 15 2017

Zella Dixon, 85, was looking through some old family papers recently when she came across a seven-page letter written in...

Secrets to success in a world of work

Published Jun. 14 2017

I was reading a piece by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman the other day when I came across...

Kenendy: Five secrets to lifetime employment

Published Jun. 11 2017

I was reading a piece by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman the other day when I came across...