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: 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...

Wiedmer: These potential NBA lottery picks short on NCAA titles

Published Jun. 22 2017

At first glance, tonight's 2017 NBA draft class would appear less than overwhelming, at least as it pertains to these...

Wiedmer: Adding Fulmer is smart move for UT [video]

Published Jun. 21 2017

Perhaps you've heard the words before. Something along the lines of "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

Wiedmer: Brooks Koepka bombs his way to U.S. Open crown

Published Jun. 19 2017

Brooks Koepka made it sound simple, this winning of the 117th U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday at Erin Hills.

Wiedmer: Steve Wade has golden touch with more than discus

Published Jun. 18 2017

Steve Wade has a special place for the gold medal he just won as a Senior Games athlete.

Wiedmer: Former Vols star a kicking coach extraordinaire

Published Jun. 17 2017

Few athletes understand the lasting impact of victory over defeat more than former University of Tennessee kicker James Wilhoit.

Wiedmer: Is Louisville's 2013 NCAA title in real jeopardy?

Published Jun. 16 2017

Are you a parent of a teenaged boy? Is that young man a promising athlete, perhaps one day worthy of...

Wiedmer: Mocs' next AD needs to raise more money, increase interest

Published Jun. 15 2017

No one should ever say David Blackburn didn't make a positive impact on University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sports programs...

Wiedmer: Did UT rebuff cost Blackburn his UTC job?

Published Jun. 14 2017

When it comes to Tuesday's shocking news that David Blackburn had resigned from his position as the University of Tennessee...

Wiedmer: Ringgold's White dares to dance for charity

Published Jun. 13 2017

Exactly 102 days from today, on the 23rd of September, professional dance instructor Tisha Deal hopes to be led to...

Wiedmer: Are Warriors and Cavs headed for repeat of 2016?

Published Jun. 12 2017

In the wake of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 137-116 win over Golden State on Friday night — the Cavs were also...

Wiedmer: Can Preds Fever force a Game 7 against Penguins?

Published Jun. 11 2017

This winner of this past Thursday night's Stanley Cup game between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins long ago...

OPINION: Notre Dame's 'Coach Jags' hire could change high school coaching

Published Jun. 7 2017

At some point in the future, Jeff Jagodzinski probably will become just another assistant football coach at Notre Dame High...

Wiedmer: Peyton Manning too smart to run for public office

Published Jun. 6 2017

Run, Peyton, run.

Wiedmer: John Currie wisely hides his hand on staff decisions

Published Jun. 5 2017

Whatever Currie thinks of Jones — or women's basketball coach Holly Warlick — he isn't giving even the slightest hint...

Wiedmer: Currie's caravan a Big Orange success

Published Jun. 4 2017

Four or five years ago, longtime University of Tennessee football fan Charles Claypool made a special request of his wife,...

Wiedmer: Cavs have all they need to repeat

Published Jun. 1 2017

When the historic third straight NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland gets underway at 9 tonight, it's hard to...

Wiedmer: It's time to save Tiger Woods from more than himself

Published May. 31 2017

I feel sorry for Tiger Woods.

Wiedmer: Jane Ensign steals show at 50th Chattanooga Chase

Published May. 30 2017

And the last shall be first.

Wiedmer: Ashleys are Memorial Day at its best

Published May. 29 2017

Maybe you saw Bill and Ester Ashley at Chattanooga National Cemetery on Sunday. They were the forever young couple wearing...