Mark Wiedmer (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6390
Mark Wiedmer started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Valentine's Day of 1983. At the time, he had to get an advance from his boss to buy a Valentine gift for his wife. Mark was hired as a graphic artist but quickly moved to sports, where he oversaw prep football for a time, won the "Pick' em" box in 1985 and took over the UTC basketball beat the following year. By 1990, he was the newspaper's lead sports columnist, a title he still holds today after a couple of Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year awards and a box full of other honors. He joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Mark hails from Hopkinsville, Ky., and graduated from Centre College. Contact Mark at 423-757-6273. or

Wiedmer: Howard providing a taste of love for its needy neighbors

Published Nov. 22 2017

When Howard School junior Marquez Williams was asked Tuesday morning about his favorite part of Thanksgiving, he instantly thought of...

Wiedmer: Roger Goodell not NFL's only problem these days

Published Nov. 21 2017

If any single event has come to define the National Football League in all its magic and malaise, it's Monday...

Wiedmer: Nine years later, Phillip Fulmer's coaching looks pretty good

Published Nov. 20 2017

When my daughter Julia Caroline rose from her slumber Sunday morning to prepare for church, she asked her sports writer...

Wiedmer: Maybe Mother Nature was a Butch Jones fan

Published Nov. 19 2017

If Mother Nature was happy with the University of Tennessee parting company with fifth-year football coach Butch Jones last weekend,...

Brentwood Academy ends McCallie's playoff run, 28-6

Published Nov. 18 2017

Tears. Soft voices. Bowed heads.

Wiedmer: Has Jon Gruden again toyed with Vols?

Published Nov. 15 2017

Urban legend?

Wiedmer: We begin to find out tonight if Duke can go 40-0

Published Nov. 14 2017

The college basketball regular season may have started for most teams last Friday night, but arguably the most meaningful preconference...

Wiedmer: Tough task is just beginning for UT athletic director John Currie

Published Nov. 13 2017

Anyone and everyone entering the Nissan Stadium press box late Sunday morning was greeted with the same question: "Have they...

Tennessee Titans rally late for fourth straight win

Published Nov. 13 2017

NASHVILLE — It was the perfect spot for a Tennessee Titans meltdown — just like all those other late collapses...

National scandal aside, SEC basketball should be better

Published Nov. 12 2017

Friday night should have been the kind of moment Bruce Pearl has had far too few of since the former...

Wiedmer: Former UTC offensive lineman Corey Levin living a dream come true with Titans

Published Nov. 12 2017

When Corey Levin was "graduating" from Harbins Elementary School in Dacula, Ga., on his way to sixth grade, a teacher...

Wiedmer: Is Alabama's college football playoff run in jeopardy?

Published Nov. 8 2017

The second college football playoff rankings of the 2017 season came out Tuesday night. In the top five spots, they...


Wiedmer: The ABCs of expected UT coaching search

Published Nov. 7 2017

Welcome to the Big Orange Nation held hostage, day 38.

Wiedmer: Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota leads with deeds rather than words

Published Nov. 6 2017

NASHVILLE — In terms of the best four-day stretch of your life, it may be a long time before anyone...

Wiedmer: UT gives its fans a happy homecoming

Published Nov. 5 2017

You don't need to have a magical season to have a magical moment.

Wiedmer: With a little help from his former coach, Cortney Braswell reviving glory at Central

Published Nov. 3 2017

The texts have appeared on Central High School football coach Cortney Braswell's cellphone every Saturday morning this season after a...

Wiedmer: For Big Orange Nation, fixing football is all that matters

Published Nov. 1 2017

Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Wiedmer: An empty Neyland Stadium is the last thing Jones or Currie needs

Published Oct. 31 2017

A few minutes before Tennessee football coach Butch Jones was to begin his weekly news conference Monday, an athletic department...

Wiedmer: Notre Dame makes College Football Playoff ranking more interesting

Published Oct. 30 2017


Wiedmer: Vols lose one they had to win

Published Oct. 29 2017

Maybe what happened atop Kentucky's Kroger Field late Saturday night is why Butch Jones should no longer be the Tennessee...