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: Like putty in the palm of your hand

Published Dec. 10 2017

Americans apparently don't know what to do with their hands.

Quick Spin: Mazda6 retains its design edge

Published Dec. 10 2017

Although it's now four years into its product cycle, the Mazda6 midsize sedan is still turning heads and winning hearts...

Test Drive: Chattanooga-made VW Atlas SUV turns heads, wins hearts

Published Dec. 9 2017

"Man, that's a big SUV."

Kennedy: Local fertility clinic offering free round of IVF procedure

Published Dec. 7 2017

Some lucky person or couple in Chattanooga may get the ultimate gift this Christmas: the gift of parenthood.

Quick Spin: Chevy Traverse proves less is more

Published Dec. 3 2017

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has shed 350 pounds, and like all of us after a successful diet, it has...

Kennedy: Bank box genealogy secrets revealed

Published Dec. 3 2017

The ladies at our bank probably hate to see me coming.

Test Drive: Honda CR-V takes class honors

Published Dec. 2 2017

When I was in high school — a million years ago — one of the superlative honors was called "best...

Rebecca Ashford: New president has Chattanooga State on the move

Published Dec. 1 2017

Politicians often run for office on a jobs platform, but few people in public life can actually bend a local...

Kennedy: Life coach shares secrets for family happiness

Published Nov. 30 2017

When she was about 7 years old, Danielle Alvarez Greer remembers watching her parents fight and slipping out to call...

Quick Spin: Lexus ES 350 still embodies soul of automaker

Published Nov. 28 2017

Lexus dealerships bill themselves as homes of "affordable luxury" automobiles, and the tastefully elegant Lexus ES 350 mid-size luxury sedan...

Kennedy: Learning the value of hard work

Published Nov. 26 2017

Sadly, our two sons, ages 16 and 11, rarely fight over the newspaper.

Test Drive: Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid offers high-spirited style

Published Nov. 25 2017

I'm always surprised by how many Mini automobiles I see around Chattanooga, considering that the nearest dealerships are more than...

Kennedy: Ancestry test sparks a mystery

Published Nov. 23 2017

For 55 years, Mary Carpenter thought she was an only child.

Kennedy: Seven traits to teach your children

Published Nov. 19 2017

Our 11-year-old son said one of his assignments in fifth grade last week was to write down three traits about...

Test Drive: Nissan Maxima maximizes bold styling

Published Nov. 18 2017

Nissan's Maxima is a five-passenger sedan designed for people who want to make a visual splash with their automobiles.

Kennedy: Don't take those fancy kitchens for 'granite'

Published Nov. 12 2017

For some reason, HGTV has become a generational flashpoint.

The story chaser: One entrepreneur's journey to bottle memories in a jar

Published Nov. 12 2017

Chris Cummings is a hard guy to pigeonhole.

Test Drive: BMW i3 a cute, quirky urban runabout

Published Nov. 11 2017

Mate a Tesla 3 sedan to a Volkswagen Beetle and you'd get an automobile approximately like the cute and quirky...

Kennedy: Blind Erlanger volunteer has vision of the future

Published Nov. 9 2017

Ann Roberts, 48, has been virtually blind for 23 years, yet her "mind's eye" still has 20-20 vision.

Test Drive: Audi A4 takes auto tech to a new level

Published Nov. 4 2017

In her hit song "Single Ladies," Beyoncé famously shamed an ex-lover with the phrase "you should have put a ring...