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: 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...

Wiedmer: Could Predators fans put catfish on endangered list?

Published May. 28 2017

Taking a page from the Detroit Red Wings — whose fans have thrown octopi on their home ice, especially during...

GPS picks Jay Watts as new athletic director, basketball coach

Published May. 24 2017

Though Girls Preparatory School and McCallie School often are viewed as sister-brother institutions, 1990 McCallie graduate Jay Watts admits to...

Wiedmer: Is SEC softball now as dominant as SEC football?

Published May. 23 2017

Sure, having eight Southeastern Conference softball teams among the last 16 standing in the NCAA tournament is nice. It's almost...

Wiedmer: Whether 69.9 miles or 70.3, Ironman a rousing success for Chattanooga [photos]

Published May. 22 2017

Swimming 0.8 miles, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles in six hours, 19 minutes and 14 seconds probably wouldn't...

Wiedmer: Butch Hannah has thrown his final NFL flag [video]

Published May. 21 2017

His attitude may change come the fall when the leaves turn and frost dusts the pumpkins, but Butch Hannah isn't...

Wiedmer: Signal Mountain's baseball Eagles a father-son thing

Published May. 19 2017

But in 2017 — at least within the Signal Mountain high school baseball program that will compete for a Spring...

Wiedmer: Better late than never for Big Orange Caravan stop

Published May. 17 2017

A Tuesday morning news release from the University of Tennessee announced that its long-running Big Orange Caravan event not only...

Wiedmer: Braves getting better everywhere except 2017 wins column

Published May. 16 2017

It's easy to look at the Atlanta Braves as they are currently configured and see little reason for anything more...

Wiedmer: Cavs-Warriors NBA final looks all but certain

Published May. 15 2017

There aren't a lot of folks out there who would argue against San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich being the NBA's...

Wiedmer: Is Vols' Dave Serrano on the brink of unemployment?

Published May. 14 2017

If the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament began today instead of May 23, the Tennessee Volunteers would be on the outside...

Wiedmer: UTC's Corey Levin getting acclimated to life in the NFL

Published May. 13 2017

It isn't taking Corey Levin long to embrace at least some of what's important to the Music City these days.


Wiedmer: Ross Bernstein a writer we can like and trust

Published May. 12 2017

Ross Bernstein was one of the lucky ones during his college days at Minnesota. His frugal parents had saved enough...

Wiedmer: UTC in rare role of underdog for SoCon softball tourney

Published May. 9 2017

Beneath a perfect blue sky Monday afternoon, beside a perfectly manicured Frost Stadium softball field, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga...

Wiedmer: Titans have advice for UTC's Corey Levin

Published May. 8 2017

With the arrival of the Tennessee Titans Caravan almost three hours away, Cleveland, Tenn., resident Elizabeth Belcher and her 25-year-old...

Wiedmer: David Blackburn perfect person to make UTC's conference call

Published May. 7 2017

Should I stay or should I go?

Wiedmer: Holly Warlick a Lady Vol of great distinction

Published May. 3 2017

University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Holly Warlick had just finished her gracious acceptance of her 2017 Tennessee Woman of...

Wiedmer: Celtics' Isaiah Thomas is tougher than tough

Published May. 2 2017

Almost everyone has a favorite professional sports team. Some of us have several, at least one for each of America's...

Wiedmer: Falcons' Takkarist McKinley lived a childhood we need to erase [photos]

Published May. 1 2017

When the Atlanta Falcons drafted former UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley with the 26th pick of the first round last...

Wiedmer: Predators have at least one super fan in Scenic City

Published Apr. 30 2017

The good folks at the Terminal BrewHouse can rest easy this afternoon during the Nashville Predators' playoff game against the...