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

UTC's continuing education department sheds hobby-based offerings in favor of professional development

Published May. 1 2017

Back in the day, the continuing education department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga focused on a hodgepodge of...

Kennedy: Tips for helping teenage children

Published Apr. 27 2017

For 30 years, Floyd and Deborah Richardson have been house parents at Bethel Bible Village, a Christian group home off...

Kennedy: Things I know because I'm a dad

Published Apr. 23 2017

There was a time in my 30s when I felt like a confirmed bachelor.

Test Drive: Mecedes-Benz CLS450 a king-of-the-road SUV

Published Apr. 21 2017

If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to drive a bank vault, you should take a spin in...

Test Drive: 2017 VW Beetle Dune Convertible

Published Apr. 20 2017

For 2017, Volkswagen is adding a convertible option to the VW Beetle Dune line-up. We were able to drive a...

Kennedy: Requiem for a soldier 155 years later

Published Apr. 20 2017

James Mason Anderson, a Confederate soldier, died from a blast to the face at the Battle of Shiloh, one of...

Kennedy: Cherishing father, son bonding

Published Apr. 16 2017

Sometimes the 10-year-old and the 58-year-old in our house butt heads.

Atlas flexes muscles with Chattanooga-made crossover [photos, video]

Published Apr. 14 2017

The new, Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Atlas SUV is almost ready to hit the road.

Quick Spin: New Volkswagen Atlas combines roominess and value [video]

Published Apr. 14 2017

When VW named its new, seven-passenger SUV the "Atlas," it no doubt meant to conjure the image of the Titan...

Kennedy: Pain meds do good, too

Published Apr. 13 2017

Editor's note: The source for this column asked that her real name not be used to protect her medical privacy.

Kennedy's Family Life: Learner's permit opens new chapter

Published Apr. 9 2017

One day last week, our 15-year-old son climbed into the family's Toyota Venza. He quickly positioned his hands at 9...

Test Drive: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport features stirring performance

Published Apr. 8 2017

The formula for adding a "sport" trim to any car line is tried and true.

Kennedy: End of an era in St. Elmo

Published Apr. 6 2017

For the first time in 78 years, there is no pharmacist named McDonough counting pills in St. Elmo.

Meet 20 of Chattanooga's most beautiful people [gallery]

Published Apr. 3 2017

After we spread the word around the city and teased the feature on Facebook, we got more than 350 nominations...

Family Life: Sunday night brings a mess of stress

Published Apr. 2 2017

You know that "60 Minutes" stopwatch that punctuates the Sunday night news magazine?

The Chamblis, Bahner & Stophel way: Recruiting, retaining talent key to 131-year-old law firm's success

Published Apr. 1 2017

When attorney Justin Furrow was interning at the Chattanooga law firm Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel during law school summers, his...

Test Drive: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid breaks new ground

Published Apr. 1 2017

When we first drove the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica last fall it was love at first sight. From its fetching face...

Kennedy's Life Stories: Grand slam for St. Jude

Published Mar. 30 2017

Morgan Crawford, 17, can throw a softball with such withering velocity that she has earned a scholarship to play college...

Kennedy's Family Life: Learning to shut up and be kind

Published Mar. 26 2017

An interesting thing about growing older is that your character flaws eventually bubble up to the surface.

Test Drive: Infiniti Q60 has shark-like instincts

Published Mar. 25 2017

Infiniti's alpha-numeric naming system can be a puzzle. Today's test car began over a decade ago as the Infiniti G35...