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: Braves bullpen not yet ready to win

Published Jul. 24 2017

When Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen walked to the mound for the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the...

Wiedmer: Hypocrite Hugh

Published Jul. 23 2017

Perhaps it's a bit unfair to former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze to label him Hypocrite Hugh. We all...

Wiedmer: Lonzo Ball's dad might be smarter than we think

Published Jul. 19 2017

Could it be that LaVar Ball might be onto something?

Wiedmer: Ryan Seaberg an American idol for anyone with type 1 diabetes

Published Jul. 18 2017

Football as we know it in this country — 11 players on the field at one time for each side,...

Wiedmer: Roger Federer continues his wonderful run

Published Jul. 17 2017


Wiedmer: A Scenic City day to ponder more than college football wins and losses

Published Jul. 16 2017

For those of us who view Chattanooga as our home, there are more important things to think about today than...

Wiedmer: Even losses feel like wins when Chattanooga Football Club plays [photos]

Published Jul. 12 2017

At 8:22 Tuesday evening, a hot sun still somewhat hovering over Finley Stadium, the temperature still stubbornly registering 86 degrees,...

Wiedmer: Can positive leadership from coach Butch Jones lift the Vols? [videos]

Published Jul. 11 2017

Much as he had with Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema and LSU's Ed Orgeron earlier in the day, Southeastern Conference...

Wiedmer: SEC a very rich league growing even richer

Published Jul. 10 2017

Way back on the 8th of January in Tampa, Fla. — the final pregame press conference for the College Football...

Wiedmer: UTC's Sweet 16 team as close as ever

Published Jul. 9 2017

At 10:08 Saturday morning, a party bus pulled up to Notre Dame High School's gym, and off walked the greatest...

Wiedmer: UTC's Josh Cardiello adding new fans to Finley Stadium's seats

Published Jul. 6 2017

New to the Chattanooga area this spring, State Farm insurance agent J.R. Isham was looking for an intern to work...

Wiedmer: Chattanooga Football Club shows Scenic City at its best

Published Jul. 5 2017

With the last guaranteed home game of the Chattanooga Football Club season less than 90 minutes away Tuesday evening, Michele...

Wiedmer: The Fourth's four all-time best sports stories

Published Jul. 4 2017

The advertising jingle always seems to get stuck in my head on the Fourth of the July. You know the...

Wiedmer: Fireworks after a loss? New Mocs AD should consider it

Published Jul. 3 2017

UTC has been far too slow to accept that. It wants to be a Southeastern Conference program. It wants its...

Wiedmer: This summer could be start of something big for Braves

Published Jul. 2 2017

Friday night having become Saturday morning in Braves Country, Atlanta pitcher Mike Foltynewicz met with the media to discuss the...

Wiedmer: NBA nutty season starts early with Chris Paul, Phil Jackson news

Published Jun. 29 2017

The nutty stuff — and the genius stuff — of the NBA offseason was supposed to begin at 12:01 a.m....

Wiedmer: Vic Beasley should make all Falcons fans smile [photos]

Published Jun. 28 2017

Conventional wisdom might have surmised that Vic Beasley, fresh out of the Atlanta Falcons' mandatory minicamp earlier this month, would...

Wiedmer: Lady Vols should be fine without Diamond DeShields

Published Jun. 26 2017

Emoji-gate. That's the negative narrative for a certain tweet sent by University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Holly Warlick at...

Wiedmer: Drive, Chip and Putt a competition for families to share

Published Jun. 25 2017

Dawsonville, Ga., resident Jud Hughes had a simple reason why he and wife Gloria's two children dominated their age groups...

Wiedmer: Brainerd High is proof that not only Howard needs our help

Published Jun. 23 2017

The clock a few minutes shy of noon Thurday morning, Pneuma Christian Center pastor Ivan Brown stood in the middle...