Mark Pace (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6659
Mark Pace covers the Chattanooga area's vibrant outdoors scene and environmental news for the Times Free Press. He was the recipient of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation's 2017 Conservation Communicator of the Year award and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He has worked for the paper since Nov. 2015. Previously, he was the lead reporter for the Jersey County Journal and Calhoun News-Herald in the greater St. Louis area where he won first place at the Illinois Press Association for best news reporting and best general news photo. He studied at the Washington Journalism Center and interned as a business and political reporter for The Washington Times. Mark graduated from Lee University in May 2015 with a degree in journalism. He spent two years as the sports editor of the school paper, the Lee Clarion. He is from Dayton, Ohio.

Renderings released for new Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn

Published Jun. 21 2018

Renderings for the new 95,000-square-foot Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn were released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Environment...

Hamilton County votes to accept future county park

Published Jun. 21 2018

Hamilton County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday morning to allow the county mayor to accept at a future date a tract...

Leaders hopeful new outdoor initiative can be windfall for Walker County, Georgia

Published Jun. 21 2018

Walker County rocks, county leaders say, and they want to make sure everyone knows.

Marsha Blackburn shares Trump's message on campaign trail

Published Jun. 20 2018

"My job is to represent and support the constituents, the people, Tennesseans. You run to be able to support Tennesseans,"...

Details unveiled for third annual Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk

Published Jun. 20 2018

Chattanooga and Hamilton County leaders announced on Tuesday morning details for the third annual Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk in the Tennessee...

RootsRated shifts markets, location in next stage of growth

Published Jun. 17 2018

A years-long shift within RootsRated Media led to an overhaul of the Chattanooga-born company's business model, new investors and the...

Lake Sturgeon project continues into 20th year [photos]

Published Jun. 17 2018

Biologists with the Tennessee Aquarium on Wednesday evening brought 2,500 baby lake sturgeon to their conservation institute, where the fish...

Chattanooga officer under investigation for sexual misconduct

Published Jun. 16 2018

An unidentified Chattanooga Police Department officer is under criminal and internal affairs investigations for sexual misconduct.

Hamilton County educators learning to incorporate environmental education into lessons

Published Jun. 16 2018

A group of Hamilton County teachers returned this week from an environmental education trip to an uncommercialized, state-protected island off...

Bill attempting to help with deferred maintenance at national parks passes Senate committee

Published Jun. 15 2018

A Senate committee passed the Department of the Interior's Environmental and Related Agencies Act on Thursday which deals with deferred...

CGLA grad builds agricultural system for Lula Lake Land Trust [photos]

Published Jun. 15 2018

As recent high school graduates turned their focus toward life's next chapter, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy graduate Zainab Muhammad had...

Mountain Creek outdoor recreational area could become Hamilton County park

Published Jun. 14 2018

A coalition of nonprofit organizations developing an outdoor recreational area near downtown Chattanooga is trying to turn the property over...


Gear Closet claims Bonnaroo leftovers for outdoor gear sale [photos]

Published Jun. 13 2018

One man's trash is the Gear Closet's treasure.

GPS' Margaret Lim taking love of music to next level

Published Jun. 12 2018

Formative years are usually spent trying to blend in with peers, as teenagers often go to extreme lengths to focus...

As bear sightings increase, officials urge residents to not feed them

Published Jun. 11 2018

The Chattanooga region's largest predator, the black bear, is out and about this time of year and wildlife officials say...

Navy Week sails into Chattanooga

Published Jun. 10 2018

Chattanooga Navy Week will sail into town this week for a weeklong celebration that will bring sailors from units around...

Tennessee Aquarium helps replenish state's waterways with trout [photos, video]

Published Jun. 9 2018

A team of biologists and assistants pulled in to the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute on the Baylor School campus before...

Bass Pro, Cabela's donating 300 fishing rods and reels to help get local kids outside

Published Jun. 8 2018

Local Scout Thomas Eitzen said he no longer enjoys fishing.

Work begins to treat downtown Chattanooga's scale-infested trees

Published Jun. 7 2018

Work to treat more than 500 infested trees in the heart of Chattanooga began earlier this week.

Estimated 50,000 fish killed in potential federal crime at Chattahoochee hatchery

Published Jun. 6 2018

An estimated 50,000 rainbow trout being raised at the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery were killed early on June 4...