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

Test Drive: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 coupe exudes refinement

Published Oct. 21 2017

At a certain level of automotive luxury, creature comforts transcend mere amenities and become conversation starters.

Kennedy: Photographer makes giving a snap

Published Oct. 19 2017

Michael Tomshack could be the poster person for "cheerful giving."

Kennedy: Mirror, mirror on the wall

Published Oct. 8 2017

Few events excite our two sons like the arrival of a Vineyard Vines pop-up store.

Test Drive: Black Chevy Tahoe is a mean mama jama

Published Oct. 7 2017

"What car are we taking to school today?" our 15-year-old son called out to me one morning earlier this week.

Kennedy: The town at the bottom of the lake

Published Oct. 5 2017

You probably know the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, but what about the lost community of Rhea Springs,...

Dealers Auto Auction anchors local car industry

Published Oct. 4 2017

Every Thursday morning, hundreds of vehicles pass through a five-lane auction garage on Stein Road that sits on a 68-acre...

Dealers Auto Auction is the beating heart of Chattanooga's wholesale market [photos]

Published Oct. 1 2017

If you compare the Chattanooga-area automobile market to the human circulatory system, the Dealers Auto Auction of Chattanooga is its...

Kennedy: Teens with paychecks becoming rare

Published Oct. 1 2017

I earned my first real paycheck at age 14. The year was 1973, and the minimum wage was $1.60 an...

Test Drive: Infiniti Q50 gets mid-cycle refresh

Published Sep. 30 2017

There's just something different about sitting in an Infiniti.

Kennedy: Putting the boom back in boomers

Published Sep. 28 2017

If life has three stages, the template for Chattanooga baby boomers has been unstructured play (as kids), hard work (as...

Kennedy: 'Daddy, how big is Chattanooga?'

Published Sep. 24 2017

The human mind searches for context.

Test Drive: New, improved 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Published Sep. 23 2017

Yes, Volkswagen's redesigned 2018 Tiguan is bigger and better than ever. In a comparison test, just rated the Tiguan...


Kennedy: From Bethel to Baylor in one generation

Published Sep. 21 2017

We hear a lot about upward mobility and how hard it is to achieve in 21st century America.

Kennedy: The tiny house generation

Published Sep. 17 2017

Our 10-year-old son is a big fan of little houses.

Quick Spin: Land Rover Discovery is quiet, smooth, luxurious

Published Sep. 17 2017

With gas prices spiking to a two-year high last week in the Chattanooga area, there is an opening for diesel-powered...

Test Drive: Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ gets Midnight edition

Published Sep. 16 2017

Half-ton pickup trucks such as the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 are perennially Chattanooga's best selling new vehicles.

Kennedy: 62-year-old runner is opening eyes to uterine cancer

Published Sep. 14 2017

Five years ago, Colleen Johnson was 100 pounds overweight and battling endometrial cancer.

Kennedy: American fathers getting older and older

Published Sep. 10 2017

It appears I was on the cusp of a trend by fathering children in my 40s.

Test Drive: Dodge Charger Daytona 392 a wolf in wolves' 'cool' clothing

Published Sep. 9 2017

Tell your wife you're shopping for a new family sedan, and then come home driving this banana yellow Dodge Charger...

Kennedy: The case for naming your car

Published Sep. 3 2017

Does your car need a name? The short answer is "yes."