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: We could all learn something from BYU's Kalani Sitake

Published Apr. 27 2017

As local businessman Phil Smartt was introducing second-year Brigham Young University football coach Kalani Sitake to the Chattanooga Hamilton Place...

Wiedmer: Replacing Josh Dobbs will be tough for all Tennessee quarterbacks

Published Apr. 25 2017

The post made its way onto the University of Tennessee's website around 4:49 p.m. Saturday, just after junior quarterback...

Wiedmer: Is there no end to LeBron's brilliance?

Published Apr. 24 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers have LeBron James, and we don't.


Wiedmer: Vols must win four quarters instead of two this fall

Published Apr. 23 2017

That might have been the best ending possible for Tennessee's Orange and White football game at Neyland Stadium Saturday afternoon....

A little rain can't dampen Area 4 Special Olympics

Published Apr. 23 2017

The rain not yet peppering the 49th annual Lloyd Ray Smith Area 4 Special Olympics Games at Ooltewah High School...

Wiedmer: Aaron Hernandez a tragedy on many fronts

Published Apr. 20 2017

And there have certainly been many words spoken and written over the past 24 hours concerning the tragedy that was...

Wiedmer: Will NCAA ever penalize the Tar Heels?

Published Apr. 19 2017

Now that the NCAA has decided to return its men's basketball tournament sites to the state of North Carolina, a...

Wiedmer: No Big Orange Caravan would mean no guts by John Currie

Published Apr. 18 2017

On the first week of his hiring as Tennessee's athletic director last month, John Currie referred to his first months...

Wiedmer: Will the real Cavaliers please stand up?

Published Apr. 17 2017

The question was not without merit.

Wiedmer: Let's all pray for Todd Heap this Easter

Published Apr. 16 2017

According to a Washington Post article from 2008, nearly 80 percent of Americans at that time believed miracles occurred and...

Wiedmer: Braves christen SunTrust Park in style

Published Apr. 15 2017

Fireworks before and after the main event. A prolonged and rousing standing ovation for the greatest Atlanta Brave of them...

Wiedmer: Justin Tuoyo, Reggie Upshaw both ready for Portsmouth Invitational

Published Apr. 13 2017

The last time former Middle Tennessee State University star Reggie Upshaw Jr. and former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standout...

Wiedmer: Don't give up on the Braves just yet

Published Apr. 11 2017

It's easy, perhaps too easy, to trash the Atlanta Braves a mere six games into a 162-game schedule.

Wiedmer: Sergio Garcia's Masters win another 2017 sports gem

Published Apr. 10 2017

With the sun about to disappear behind Augusta National Golf Club's towering pines, Sergio Garcia's 18-year hunt for an elusive...

Wiedmer: Old school or new school, Mocs football looks good

Published Apr. 9 2017

A kid being a kid, regardless of his age, Kota Nix tweeted out the following Saturday morning: "(University of Tennessee...

Wiedmer: Kip Henley a Masters caddie like no other

Published Apr. 6 2017

At 12:35 this afternoon, Chattanooga native and 1978 Central High School graduate Kip Henley will stand just off the No....

Wiedmer: April with Paris hints of a magic March

Published Apr. 5 2017

According to some historians, the late, great X and O whiz Confucius was the first to observe: "Do what you...

Wiedmer: KU's Mason the best, officiating the worst of this college hoops season

Published Apr. 4 2017

As I write this, North Carolina and Gonzaga have not yet played in the NCAA title game, so this is...

Wiedmer: UTC's David Blackburn hits another home run with coaching hire

Published Apr. 3 2017

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn will quickly tell anyone willing to listen that "my reputation and...

Wiedmer: Braves good enough to win more than they lose

Published Apr. 2 2017

A few minutes after new Atlanta Braves pitcher and former Tennessee Volunteer R.A. Dickey wrapped up his relief work in...