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: UNC-UT a rare December hoops pairing that means something

Published Dec. 17 2017

Rare is the nonconference college basketball game that excites in mid-December. Especially within the Southeastern Conference. And most especially when...

Wiedmer: Can both the Falcons and Titans reach the playoffs?

Published Dec. 13 2017

Were the NFL playoffs starting today instead of Jan. 6 and 7, both the NFC's Atlanta Falcons and the AFC's...

Wiedmer: Regarding Gaulden-Herbstreit, it's ESPN that now owes the apology

Published Dec. 12 2017

Thanks to a fine bit of reporting by this newspaper's David Paschall on Sunday afternoon, our readership — both in...

Wiedmer: UTC hoops lucky to have both Jim Foster, Lamont Paris

Published Dec. 11 2017

A few minutes before the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team took the court against visiting Charlotte on...

Wiedmer: Baker Mayfield proves that recruiting rankings can be overrated

Published Dec. 10 2017

In less than two weeks, every University of Tennessee football fan — wait, scratch that: every major college football fan...

Wiedmer: Pruitt sounds like he'll win more than the UT news conference [videos]

Published Dec. 8 2017

Never let it be said that new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt wasn't formally warned about the Big Orange Nation's...

Ryan Leaf will headline McCallie's Dr Pepper TEN Classic

Published Dec. 8 2017

During those rare spare moments that John Shulman isn't coaching McCallie School's basketball team, helping Amy raise their three sons...

Wiedmer: Pruitt or no Pruitt, NCAA president is last person who should criticize UT

Published Dec. 7 2017

We've probably all had a little too much fun at the University of Tennessee's expense the past three weeks regarding...

Wiedmer: Phillip Fulmer's legacy is on the line with coaching hire

Published Dec. 6 2017

Admit it, Big Orange Nation.

Wiedmer: Eight is enough to make College Football Playoff ideal

Published Dec. 5 2017

Four is flawed.

Wiedmer: Titans' Derrick Henry had two reasons to celebrate Sunday

Published Dec. 4 2017

Thanks to his last-minute, 75-yard touchdown run all but guaranteeing the Tennessee Titans' 24-13 win over AFC South brother Houston...

Wiedmer: Georgia now the team to beat in SEC

Published Dec. 3 2017

During Friday's Southeastern Conference championship game luncheon, the crowd of 1,000 or so gathered inside a Hyatt Regency ballroom was...

Wiedmer: If anyone can unify Big Orange Nation, Phillip Fulmer can [photos]

Published Dec. 2 2017

As former University of Tennessee football star Chad Clifton drove down I-75 Friday morning toward the Big Peach, his phone...

Wiedmer: Will Volgilantes ultimately do more harm than good?

Published Dec. 1 2017

Volgilante Justice strikes again.

Wiedmer: How close is Currie to hitting bottom of coaching barrel?

Published Nov. 30 2017

Out of the mouth of a (former) porn star.

Wiedmer: Mike Gundy yet another failed effort for John Currie

Published Nov. 29 2017

So on the subject of possibly becoming the next head football coach of the Tennessee Vols, Mike Gundy wanted to...

Wiedmer: Why aren't these UT coaching searches ever easy?

Published Nov. 28 2017

It certainly could be argued that what happened with the University of Tennessee football coaching search Sunday reached a new...

Wiedmer: UT athletic director learns tough lesson about power of social media

Published Nov. 27 2017

My sister calls it a vigilante society, this growing impact those who post on social media can have on any...

Wiedmer: A UT season to be remembered for the wrong reasons

Published Nov. 26 2017

So much for this 121st Tennessee football season not being memorable.

Wiedmer: Howard providing a taste of love for its needy neighbors

Published Nov. 22 2017

When Howard School junior Marquez Williams was asked Tuesday morning about his favorite part of Thanksgiving, he instantly thought of...