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: YCAP's Smith truly is no ordinary Joe

Published Apr. 19 2018

Joseph Francisco was 11 years old the first time he met Joe and Paula Smith and their two children, Andy...

Wiedmer: Too bad Rockets and Warriors can't meet in NBA Finals

Published Apr. 17 2018

Other than Golden State beginning this year's NBA playoffs looking as if it was more than ready to defend its...

Wiedmer: Kevin Durant still a cheerleader for Vols' Rick Barnes

Published Apr. 16 2018

Rick Barnes hadn't heard the quotes. The Tennessee men's basketball coach didn't need to in order to say something nice...


Wiedmer: Arth's Mocs doing really good work off the field [photos]

Published Apr. 15 2018

Saturday morning still short of 9:30, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Tom Arth nevertheless was feeling the effects...

Wiedmer: Alabama's White House visit was D.C. at its finest

Published Apr. 13 2018

List the most memorable moments in Alabama football history over the past 50 years — both the good and the...

Wiedmer: With NBA playoffs set to begin, LeBron James getting both older and better

Published Apr. 11 2018

If you checked the NBA standings this morning — and doesn't everyone start his or her day that way? —...

Wiedmer: It's early, but Braves look better than advertised

Published Apr. 10 2018

A little more than three weeks ago, with the Atlanta Braves' 2018 season about to begin, first baseman Freddie Freeman...

Wiedmer: Patrick Reed's Masters win not a joy for everyone

Published Apr. 9 2018

By Masters standards — especially for a first-time major winner who played the majority of his college golf at Augusta...

Wiedmer: Rotary tennis tourney one of our town's finest events

Published Apr. 8 2018

A tradition like no other.

Wiedmer: Sam Calkins has two new legs up on life

Published Apr. 4 2018

Lisa Calkins wrote the letter in early January. She hoped to convince the Challenged Athletes Foundation to award her a...

Wiedmer: Even FBI investigation couldn't ruin this college hoops season

Published Apr. 3 2018

It's over. The 2017-18 men's college basketball season is in the books, though as I attempted to meet my Monday...

Wiedmer: A Michigan win would be a fitting end to this NCAA tourney

Published Apr. 2 2018

Concerned that his Michigan men's basketball team's defensive skills were nowhere close to its offensive magic, Wolverines coach John Beilein...

Wiedmer: Easter return to Augusta follows 'surreal' time in Benton, Ky.

Published Apr. 1 2018

Jan. 23 began like every other school day at Marshall County (Ky.) High School for freshman Jay Nimmo. Small talk...

Wiedmer: Pruitt's Vols have schedule and talent to finish 8-4

Published Mar. 28 2018

Perhaps it's because new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt already has gone on record as liking his team. And praising...

Wiedmer: Jeremy Pruitt sounds like he's exactly what Vols need

Published Mar. 27 2018

A question for Big Orange Nation: How do you like new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt as he reaches his...

Wiedmer: Other than Sister Jean, nothing soft about this Final Four

Published Mar. 26 2018

His Kansas Jayhawks having just won their way to this week's Final Four by knocking off Duke in the Midwest...

Wiedmer: With or without Ronald Acuna, Braves still a year away

Published Mar. 25 2018

You have to hand it to the Atlanta Braves when it comes to giving their fans a first glimpse of...

Wiedmer: Hamilton Heights' Zach Ferrell all smiles when discussing Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Published Mar. 22 2018

Other than the fact they've both coached Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Zach Ferrell of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga and the...

Wiedmer: Dante Hickey hopes son Dy'Kari travels a different path [photos]

Published Mar. 21 2018

In one sense, the glory days never have ended for former Cleveland High School football great Dante Hickey.

Wiedmer: Fate of Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick not an easy call for Phillip Fulmer

Published Mar. 20 2018

Hot Seat Holly.