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: How I peaked in 10th grade

Published Aug. 13 2017

I thought I had peaked as a human being in 10th grade.

Test Drive: BMW M550i Sedan full review

Published Aug. 12 2017

Witness the 2018 BMW M550i sedan, which has undisguised contempt for all posted speed limits.

Kennedy: Dying with dignity requires holistic approach

Published Aug. 10 2017

Gina Hooker, a 55-year-old radiology nurse at Erlanger hospital, has seen death up close. She has measured its breath, felt...


Kennedy: Soccer invasion is happening now

Published Aug. 6 2017

In the second half of the 20th century, professional sports in America was essentially a three-legged stool comprising baseball, football...

Test Drive: Genesis G80 full review

Published Aug. 5 2017

OK, so Genesis is perhaps not the first automotive brand that comes to mind when one thinks of luxury sedans....

Kennedy: Kids learn how to deal with loss at grief camp in Georgia's Blue Ridge mountains

Published Aug. 3 2017

Keith Morin was among 27 children who gathered at a new "grief camp" in Maine in 2009, a movement that...

Reverse mortgages unlock gold for the golden years

Published Aug. 1 2017

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

Kennedy: Anniversaries in Chattanooga bring back great memories

Published Jul. 30 2017

Three of Chattanooga's landmark public spaces have important birthdays this year.

Kennedy: A Fiat 500X Pop quick spin

Published Jul. 30 2017

Fiat got its money's worth from its advertising copywriters.

Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Corolla IM full review

Published Jul. 29 2017

Props to Toyota.

Kennedy: WDEF Sunday DJ on the job for 35 years

Published Jul. 27 2017

When he was a boy growing up in Ringgold, Ga., in the 1960s, John Wesley Smith would listen to country...

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.

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.