Yolanda Putman


phone: 423-757-6431




Yolanda Putman has been a reporter at the Times Free Press for 11 years. She covers housing and previously covered education and crime.

Yolanda is a Chattanooga native who has a master’s degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Alabama State University. She previously worked at the Lima (Ohio) News.

She enjoys running, reading and writing and is the mother of one son, Tyreese.

She has also received the Media Award from the Unity Group.

Contact Yolanda at 423-757-6431 or yputman@timesfreepress.com.

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A South Sudanese refugee, who with his wife and daughters escaped the brutal war in that country, will become a South Chattanooga homeowner next month because of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Politicians and billionaires took the vote for organized labor out of the hands of Volkswagen workers and gave it to a few people trying to control the country with power and wealth, said Chattanooga NAACP executive committee member Joe Rowe.

NAACP representatives from the state, regional and local level today voiced support for workers rights and demanded that Volkswagen autoworkers vote concerning a union without the alleged influence from politicians.

Shawndrail Fields locked herself behind a shell, avoiding self-expression and public speaking, until Girls Inc. showed her what she could do.

Melissa Post’s 8-year-old son isn’t potty trained even though he’s been working on it for five years. He speaks only two words, “eat” and “mama,” and he flaps his hands while walking.

Gloria Griffith thought no one noticed her quietly preparing food baskets for homeless people living in hotels, giving socks to seniors at Christmastime or gathering after-school snacks for children.

De’Von Sanderfer was a shy child whose knack for poetry and public speaking emerged when she gave a class presentation — in the second grade.

Public housing residents are not adequately represented on the Chattanooga Housing Authority board, and they want the mayor to appoint more of them to the board to make sure their interests are protected.

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