Barry Courter (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6354
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was a news reporter at WDEF-TV 12. Barry has been married to Kelley since 1987. Their children are Jeff Soder, Jenny Mitchell, Carson Courter and Grace Courter. Contact Barry at 423-757-6354 or

Stuart Chafetz guest conducting Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's 'Home for the Holidays'

Published Dec. 12 2018

Stuart Chafetz, newly named Principal Pops Conductor of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony, will be the guest conductor for this weekend's...

City Beat: Veterans of Radio Wars luncheon continues a good thing

Published Dec. 12 2018

I recently found myself at the checkout counter at Wally's in East Ridge, standing next to Scott Chase and Jim...

'Christmas Vacation' to kick off new Bobby Stone Film Series

Published Dec. 10 2018

with breakout box


Off the Couch: Everything from Santa Pub Crawl to sandhill cranes on weekend calendar

Published Dec. 10 2018

LISA DENTON: Barry, I don't always grab a glass when there's an open bottle of wine at the house because,...

Courters' Kitchen: Seafood soup for the soul

Published Dec. 5 2018

BARRY SAYS: I love seafood. Just about any kind, so any dish that combines several types of deliciousness from the...

City Beat: Three years of PB & Holiday Jam

Published Dec. 5 2018

Exactly when we at the paper conceived the idea of showcasing local musicians on the internet is unclear.

Club Scene Calendar - Dec. 5-12

Published Dec. 5 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Rayland Baxter finds creativity in seclusion

Published Dec. 5 2018

Rayland Baxter likes to finish what he starts, whether it's housework or songwriting.

Off the Couch: Time to show off your vocal cords at 'Messiah' Sing-Along

Published Dec. 3 2018

LISA DENTON: Stand back, Barry. I'm about to start my vocal exercises for the "Messiah" Sing-Along coming up Sunday at...

Chattanooga Market moves inside for holidays

Published Nov. 28 2018

Through most of the spring and fall and all of the summer, Chattanooga Market is located in the open-air First...

Restaurant Review: Pizza Bros is good, but not great

Published Nov. 28 2018

It was not that long ago that a few of us here at the paper were lamenting the fact that...

City Beat: What will Nick Lutsko do next?

Published Nov. 28 2018

Change is part of life, I suppose.

Club Scene Calendar - Nov. 28-Dec. 5

Published Nov. 28 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Mike Costa leaving Sinclair Group

Published Nov. 27 2018

Mike Costa, the general manager of the Sinclair Broadcast Group (NewsChannel 9, Fox Chattanooga and CW Chattanooga) for the last...

Off the Couch: Tri-Octaves, Boys Choir, CSO bringing Christmas music to area

Published Nov. 26 2018

LISA DENTON: OK, Barry, buckle up. I know we've been talking about Christmas events for a couple of weeks already,...

City Beat: Beach Boy Mike Love opens Top 40 Hall of Fame & Radio Museum

Published Nov. 20 2018

David Carroll perfectly summed up the occasion last Friday at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of the National Top 40...

'Hip Hop Nutcracker': Tchaikovsky's score with New York dance style

Published Nov. 20 2018

For many artists, creating even one memorable piece of work that becomes so iconic that it is reintroduced to new...

Club Scene Calendar - Nov. 20-28

Published Nov. 20 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: 'Mannheim Steamroller Christmas,' 'Hip Hop Nutcracker' in town Friday

Published Nov. 19 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I know that when you look at me, you immediately think, "I bet Barry was a b-boy...

Merry morsels: Ideas for easy and appetizing holiday finger foods

Published Nov. 18 2018

KELLEY SAYS: The holiday season is stressful enough, so anytime you can simplify things, you should.