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: 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...

Quick Spin: Volkswagen Jetta GLI blends power and performance

Published Jun. 11 2017

Volkswagen's Jetta GLI compact sports sedan combines razor-sharp German design, class-leading engine and transmission refinement, and enough trunk space to...

Attention-grabbing Lexus RC350 coupe turns heads

Published Jun. 10 2017

Even though the design is three years old, driving the Lexus RC350 coupe around Chattanooga this week felt like buzzing...

Kennedy: Don't surrender to back pain

Published Jun. 8 2017

One day, though, she decided to get up and get moving instead of surrendering to pain meds or surgery. Now,...

Kennedy: Hidden Treasure without the 'treasure' part

Published Jun. 4 2017

Our 10-year-old son has discovered geocaching, which is treasure hunting without any actual "treasure."

Test Drive: Toyota 4Runner still tops in offroad chops

Published Jun. 4 2017

There's something unmistakably retro about the 2017 Toyota 4Runner SUV which harkens back to the days when cars were cars,...

New 2017 Land Rover Discovery ready for Chattanooga debut

Published Jun. 3 2017

Land Rover's 2017 Discovery SUV, a complete redesign of one of the world's most iconic off-road vehicles, will be showcased...

Life Story: The secret of becoming a valedictorian

Published Jun. 1 2017

Back in the mid-1990s, reporters at the former Chattanooga Times huddled and decided to elevate coverage of the area's high...

10 things I learned from my Mom, the banker

Published Jun. 1 2017

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

Family Life: Advice from dad

Published May. 28 2017

Before he died 23 years ago, my dad left me with some wise advice.

Quick Spin: New BMW 530i sets new sports sedan benchmark

Published May. 28 2017

Applying the Goldilocks standard, the new 5-Series is the not-too-hot, not-too-cold, "just right" sedan in the BMW line-up.

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...