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

Pastor says ride-and-run sport crucial to a balanced life

Published Apr. 19 2018

When she was 15 years old, Sarah Krueger made her dad, Courtney, a deal.

Quick Spin: Nissan Titan: Bold, brawny and bodacious

Published Apr. 15 2018

When the 2018 Nissan Titan XD pickup arrived in our driveway earlier this month, the driver demonstrated the truck's immense...

Kennedy: Three reasons Atlanta is kicking it in soccer

Published Apr. 15 2018

I recently witnessed the most amazing thing.


Test Drive: Genesis G90 sedan like riding on a cloud

Published Apr. 14 2018

I've wondered how long rear-seat entertainment systems will last, given all the tablet computers and internet hot spots available today.

Kennedy: Love beer? Hop on the bus

Published Apr. 12 2018

Two Chattanooga couples say it's about time the city has its own beer bus.

Kennedy: Holy carp! Here come those crazy fish

Published Apr. 8 2018

If you saw Monday's newspaper, you probably noticed this jaw-dropping Page 1 headline: "Invasive carp heading toward Chattanooga."

Test Drive: Quirky Toyota C-HR crossover finds its niche

Published Apr. 7 2018

In another age they might have called this little Toyota "jazzy." Today, the word "edgy" comes to mind.

For live 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' NBC turns to a Legend

Published Apr. 1 2018

Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends. Except...

Kennedy: Don't dig in to your digital rut

Published Apr. 1 2018

Short attention spans are spooky.

Young Guns: BMW of Chattanooga general manager wants to be the face of dealership

Published Apr. 1 2018

In just a few short years, Rob Dale has gone from washing cars at a car dealership in Birmingham, Alabama,...

Professional photography drives sales in real estate market

Published Apr. 1 2018

Time was, curb appeal sold a home.

Kennedy: Chevy Silverado black beauty

Published Apr. 1 2018

Chevrolet has been building trucks for 100 years.


Kennedy: Signal Mountain woman turns old wedding dresses into burial gowns for babies

Published Mar. 29 2018

There is heartache in the scale.

Kennedy: It's official. Amazon Prime R Us

Published Mar. 25 2018

Our family generally latches onto the tail end of trends.

Quick Spin: Hyundai Elantra offers honest value

Published Mar. 25 2018

Often missed in the head-long rush by consumers to purchase small SUVs, compact sedans have become high-quality, high-tech transportation.

Test Drive: Chevy Equinox, compact but complete

Published Mar. 24 2018

By now, you probably know that small- and mid-size SUVs have become the default family haulers for millions of American...

Kennedy: What to say when a baby dies

Published Mar. 22 2018

In the anguished and disorienting moments after the death or stillbirth of an infant, Lisa Cahill's whispering voice often becomes...

Kennedy: Quarter Pounders are comfort food

Published Mar. 18 2018

With all the change that swirls around us these days, it's good to have a few constants in your life...

Test Drive: Ford F-150 Raptor can flat out fly

Published Mar. 17 2018

Would you pay more than $70,000 for a pickup truck?

Kennedy: Katrina survivors return to Mississippi

Published Mar. 15 2018

A Brainerd couple whose Gulf Coast home was inundated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is returning there after more than...