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: Coach Rick Barnes' Vols keep winning the tough ones

Published Jan. 24 2018

There was a moment in Tuesday night's Southeastern Conference basketball game between visiting Vanderbilt and Tennessee when the Thompson-Boling Arena...

Wiedmer: Larry Nassar case a lesson on the need to listen to our kids

Published Jan. 23 2018

The program director at the Chattanooga Rape Crisis Center on East 8th Street, Rebecca Jones has paid painfully close attention...

Wiedmer: Tom Brady looks ready to win sixth Super Bowl title

Published Jan. 22 2018

Let me begin this column by saying there is no way — nada, zip, zilch — any NFL offensive line...

Wiedmer: NCAA's Mark Emmert should think before he speaks

Published Jan. 20 2018

For a salary of about $2 million a year, shouldn't NCAA president Mark Emmert choose his words more carefully than...

Wiedmer: If more warmly embraced, Martin might still be coaching Vols

Published Jan. 17 2018

Hooray for Rick Barnes.

Wiedmer: Titans can do worse than Mike Mularkey, and probably will

Published Jan. 16 2018

When the Tennessee Titans made their annual caravan stop in Chattanooga last May, Blake Belcher was the first person in...

Wiedmer: Saints-Vikings finish saves NFL playoff weekend

Published Jan. 15 2018

Could we stop the NFL playoffs now? Just hand the Lombardi Trophy to the Minnesota Vikings, because it's all but...

Wiedmer: Is Tennessee becoming SEC's toughest team to beat?

Published Jan. 13 2018

The numbers could have strongly hinted of a disaster by University of Tennessee men's basketball standards.

John Thornton to be roasted at Classic 150 fundraiser

Published Jan. 13 2018

When the Classic 150 Roast/Toast of Champions annual fundraising event is staged on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Chattanooga Convention...

Wiedmer: Matt Ryan remains the leader Falcons most respect

Published Jan. 11 2018

Perhaps sensing the outside world sometimes gets the wrong impression of his quarterback's intensity and competitiveness, that it views him...

Wiedmer: Vols once again look like state's best team

Published Jan. 10 2018

Overall, there is nothing special about the Vanderbilt men's basketball team this season.

Titans respect but don't fear the Patriots

Published Jan. 10 2018

Standing in front of his locker at the Tennessee Titans' headquarters Tuesday afternoon, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan said he understood...


Wiedmer: A Tide title no one saw coming at halftime

Published Jan. 9 2018

It was halftime Monday night at the College Football Playoff national title game inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium and no one except...

Wiedmer: Can true love overcome football after tonight's title game?

Published Jan. 8 2018

Kyle Clarkson has his lucky outfit all ready for tonight's College Football Playoff national championship game in which his beloved...

Wiedmer: Ridley brothers make CFP title game a family divided

Published Jan. 6 2018

Calvin Ridley didn't exactly sidestep the question Saturday morning.

Former UTC AD Harold Wilkes will be remembered forever

Published Jan. 6 2018

It was Easter at Harold Wilkes' house one year long ago, and the former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic...

Wiedmer: Even in the postseason, Falcons' Julio Jones can't escape Bama roots

Published Jan. 4 2018

In a few minutes Julio Jones would have to begin discussing his day job, the one that pays him more...

Wiedmer: Bruce Pearl almost sounds like he's moved on

Published Jan. 3 2018

Bruce Pearl said all the right things Tuesday night inside Thompson-Boling Arena. After all, six full seasons have come and...

UTC athletic director Wharton impressed with Scuffle

Published Jan. 3 2018

As former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn was fond of reminding folks from time to time,...

Wiedmer: Marcus Mariota carries Titans into playoffs for first time in nine years

Published Dec. 31 2017

The chants began with two minutes to play, the Tennessee Titans holding tightly to a 15-10 lead over the Jacksonville...