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: Hamilton Heights coach hopes to see former player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander become NBA lottery pick

Published Jun. 21 2018

Hamilton Heights boys' basketball coach Zach Ferrell and his family are excited about former Hawks and University of Kentucky player...

Wiedmer: No crime and no traffic music to the ears of MSU's Schaefer

Published Jun. 20 2018

After guiding the Mississippi State women's basketball team to back-to-back NCAA championship games the past two seasons, Bulldogs coach Vic...

Wiedmer: Braves look more and more like a playoff team

Published Jun. 19 2018

The 89th Major League All-Star Star game is 28 days away, scheduled for July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington.


Wiedmer: Are U.S. Open courses getting harder or are golfers getting softer?

Published Jun. 18 2018

Oh, the unfairness of it all. Having to dodge all that ridiculously tall, thick fescue. Having to attempt to keep...

Wiedmer: Father's Day needs to encourage more fathers to be around for more days

Published Jun. 17 2018

As a society, if we tend to place our moms on higher pedestals than our fathers, well, a lot of...

Wiedmer: Best of Preps banquet worthy of the best of hugs

Published Jun. 15 2018

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota told tales of sharks and surfing in Hawaii during the Best of Preps banquet Thursday...

Wiedmer: Our town is tied to Triple Crown winner Justify

Published Jun. 13 2018

No sport is more obsessed with family trees than thoroughbred racing. Who's your dad? Your mom? Your grandfather? Your grandmother?...

Wiedmer: Wherever LeBron James lands becomes Warriors' new threat

Published Jun. 12 2018

Where to, LeBron?

Wiedmer: Let us enjoy the twilights of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal while we can

Published Jun. 11 2018

The key takeaway from Rafael Nadal's 11th French Open crown in 11 appearances in the final wasn't that he won,...

Wiedmer: Marcus Mariota a Best of Preps speaker to believe in

Published Jun. 10 2018

When it comes to the Tennessee Titans, almost everything about the NFL franchise will be new this season.

Wiedmer: Maybe T.O. deserves a place in the Hall of Shame

Published Jun. 8 2018

Say it's not so, T.O.

Wiedmer: C.M. Newton an irreplaceable basketball legend

Published Jun. 6 2018

Every now and then, especially during basketball season, I'd reach out to him, needing to pick the brilliant brain of...

Wiedmer: KAVOD a charity to make all Chattanoogans proud

Published Jun. 5 2018

Despite being a pretty fair athlete in his own right, John Pregulman never has quite reached the athletic success enjoyed...

Wiedmer: Could Tiger be a realistic contender at the U.S. Open?

Published Jun. 4 2018

The U.S. Open begins in 10 days at Shinnecock Hills, the majestic, 127-year-old golf club in Southampton on Long Island,...

Wiedmer: Katie Burrows has been shocking the hoops world since long before UTC

Published Jun. 3 2018

When University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director Mark Wharton got down to business in his search for a women's...

Wiedmer: Keeping Darrin Kirkland Jr. a good move by Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt

Published May. 30 2018

Does Tuesday's news that Tennessee junior linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. apparently will remain a Volunteer say more about the player,...

Wiedmer: Chattanooga Chase is a grand Memorial Day tradition

Published May. 29 2018

When Bekah Doreau got out of bed a little before 7 on Monday morning to read her Bible, she had...

Wiedmer: Let us never forget the real reason for Memorial Day

Published May. 28 2018

Atop Frank Damph's head was a 101st Airborne cap. Embroidered in gold script below the Airborne logo was "Screaming Eagles."

Wiedmer: Could LeBron James overtake Michael Jordan as best ever?

Published May. 27 2018

It used to be a fairly simple answer. If you were choosing sides in an NBA pickup basketball game of...

Wiedmer: Javon Craddock's smile could have lit the world if given time

Published May. 25 2018

They call it Twin Day. It's on the calendar every autumn during Tyner Academy's homecoming week. The students all pick...