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: If only Curry's mom was the language czar of sports and entertainment

Published May. 22 2018

Thank goodness for Steph Curry's mom.

Wiedmer: Sunday's win one to remember if Braves reach playoffs

Published May. 21 2018

If the Atlanta Braves make the playoffs this year, circle Sunday's 10-9 victory over the Miami Marlins as the moment...

Wiedmer: Legalized gambling could hurt the college sports experience

Published May. 20 2018

Feb. 15, 1978, inside the University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena won't mean much to most college basketball fans. It was...


Wiedmer: Signal Mountain's Tuckers have special tie to Justify

Published May. 19 2018

Until two weeks ago today, Andy Tucker had never been to a Kentucky Derby despite his Bluegrass cousins — the...

Wiedmer: Saying a final goodbye to Stump Martin

Published May. 15 2018

It was a long-ago Dec. 26 at a high-end shopping mall north of Atlanta. I was taking a brief break...

Wiedmer: Despite peers' slight, Boston Celtics' Brad Stevens is one very special coach

Published May. 14 2018

And Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens got how many votes from his peers for NBA coach of the year?

Wiedmer: Mother's Day a special time for these UTC coaches

Published May. 13 2018

There's no way one day a year is enough to honor the mothers in our lives. Honoring them 365 days...

Wiedmer: Jeremy Pruitt is Big Orange Caravan's biggest star [photos]

Published May. 11 2018

It was tough to say which member of the University of Tennessee's Big Orange Caravan got the loudest ovation Thursday...

Wiedmer: Foster as much a Hall of Fame person as coach [photos]

Published May. 9 2018

Only Jim Foster would make the final decision of his 40-year coaching career while standing on Cape Reinga, the northernmost...

Wiedmer: It's time to help Stump Martin

Published May. 8 2018

I first met Marvin "Stump" Martin on a cold autumn Friday night in 1988: Oct. 21, to be precise. Though...

Wiedmer: A Hall of Fame class that doesn't come along every year

Published May. 7 2018

Unlike most such entities, the Lookout Mountain Sports Hall of Fame doesn't elect a new class every year.

Wiedmer: Losh and McCray are UTC athletics at its best

Published May. 6 2018

Back in the early 1970s, when Tom Losh was a young University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant basketball coach from...


Wiedmer: Porky's Open an irreplaceable tradition for UTC athletics

Published May. 2 2018

With the 19th Porky's Open set to begin at Council Fire on Tuesday afternoon, Frank Kinser, the event's founder, looked...

Wiedmer: Celtics-Sixers series arrives one round too soon

Published May. 1 2018

It just didn't feel quite right Monday night, the start of this Boston-Philadelphia NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series, though especially...

Wiedmer: Tennessee Titans and their fans full of optimism for upcoming season

Published Apr. 30 2018

The line wrapping its way through the aisles of the Academy Sports and Outdoors store at Hamilton Place had been...

Wiedmer: The Titans didn't just draft the next Tom Brady, did they?

Published Apr. 29 2018

It's probably asking too much. Much too much.

Wiedmer: Is hoops commission report a fresh start or another stall?

Published Apr. 26 2018

It's a start.

Wiedmer: One-time Vols QB Riley Ferguson excited about NFL draft

Published Apr. 25 2018

As Butch Jones prepared for his second season as football coach at the University of Tennessee in spring 2014, he...

Wiedmer: Saying goodbye to Spurs' Manu Ginobili won't be easy

Published Apr. 24 2018

A 40-year-old basketball player isn't supposed to lead his team to a playoff win over the defending world champions, even...

Wiedmer: For now, UT's Jeremy Pruitt should be happy to have any fans he can get

Published Apr. 23 2018

No college football coach in the history of the sport may be tougher to satisfy than Alabama's Nick Saban.