Mitra Malek


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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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A prime location near Chattanooga's downtown waterfront will house the first Scenic City location for Puckett's, the longstanding Nashville-area group of restaurants.

Puckett’s, the longstanding Nashville-area group of restaurants, plans to take over the space that TGI Fridays had occupied next to the Tennessee Aquarium.

Something new is happening at the historic Pot Point Cabin.

Ethan Allen, the international furniture chain, will set up house again in Chattanooga.

A restaurant committed to conscious consumerism and an outdoor accessories company whose sewing floor is in the Scenic City were among Chattanooga’s first Startup Awards winners.

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Richie Johnson is working through what exactly will qualify a product from Chattanooga for a “Nooga Made” stamp of approval. But that’s to be expected.

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