Mitra Malek writes about business, with a focus on the Chattanooga area's tech, small business and entrepreneurial communities, as well as tourism.
Before coming to the Times Free Press, she was a staff writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Journal Inquirer and Palm Beach Post. She has covered local and national politics, government, international trade, a state cancer cluster investigation and real estate growth and economic development, among other subjects. Her reporting and writing has won honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Florida Press Club.
A graduate of both Columbia University and Rutgers University, Mitra holds a master's degree in international affairs. She worked in the investment industry and for Club Med at its resorts overseas before coming to the news business, during which time she was also a yoga instructor for eight years. She comes to the Times Free Press from Boulder, Colo., where she was a senior editor for Yoga Journal magazine. An avid rock climber, she's loving Tennessee’s superb sandstone sport routes.
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Chattanooga-based Bellhops has raised $6.1 million from California and New York investors, including those who've pushed forward big tech names such as Facebook, Twitter and Paypal.
A company that college friends founded by capitalizing on an obvious campus need won this year's Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Innovation award.
A former chief of staff for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be the CEO of TechTown Global, the network of youth-focused technology and entrepreneurial learning centers.
There isn’t signage identifying Richards, Fowkes & Co. to passersby, and even if there were, people probably wouldn’t guess what the business does.
It's a distinction that gives great returns -- to pocketbooks and the bottom line at businesses.
Exaggeration has become a hallmark of today's times. Everyone is bent on calling this or that the "biggest" or "best" or some other superlative.
Two North Shore, the shopping complex that was part of a wave of hip and rapid development along North Chattanooga’s riverfront, has been sold to a Pennsylvania company.