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

Mofro gives JJ Grey an edge

Published Aug. 15 2018

JJ Grey is the first to tell you that he has an advantage when it comes to making and playing...

Mary Gauthier uses her experiences to help veterans through songwriting

Published Aug. 15 2018

Abandoned by her mother at age 1, Mary Gauthier spent much of her early life addicted to drugs and alcohol,...

City Beat: Helping others isn't always convenient

Published Aug. 15 2018

Several hundred people gathered inside the Tivoli Theatre on Friday night to remember and say goodbye to Bobby Stone. Friends,...

Off the Couch: Tom Petty, Leonard Bernstein tributes coming up

Published Aug. 13 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I don't know about you, but these days the dial on my calendar seems to be spinning...

Genesis the Greykid looking to create a new world through his art

Published Aug. 12 2018

Genesis the Greykid is a fixture in downtown Chattanooga, and he is relatively easy to spot thanks in part to...

Take an art tour around Chattanooga via your phone

Published Aug. 12 2018

Have you walked or driven around Chattanooga and come across one of the many public art pieces on display and...

Courter: Bobby Stone remembered as smart, kind, compassionate

Published Aug. 10 2018

All this week leading up to a Friday church service and a later memorial at the Tivoli Theatre, friends and...

Single performance tickets for Broadway at the Tivoli Theatre series on sale Monday

Published Aug. 8 2018

Single performance tickets for five of this season's Broadway at the Tivoli Theatre series will go on sale Monday. The...

City Beat: Levitt Amp series is another gem in Chattanooga's crown

Published Aug. 8 2018

Chattanooga is far from perfect when it comes to the music scene, but it is moving in the right direction.

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 8-15

Published Aug. 8 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Hometown Throwdown: Strung Like a Horse celebrating major label deal with show [video]

Published Aug. 8 2018

Clay Maselle believes in his band, Strung Like a Horse, and he believes in Chattanooga.

Off the Couch: Expect a fruitful day with The Peach Truck

Published Aug. 6 2018

LISA DENTON: Hey, Barry, what do you call a fruit that makes shoes?

Seven to nine local musicians live and work under one roof

Published Aug. 5 2018

Seated at the desk in front of a laptop, Jared "J-White" White's attention is split between listening to the tracks...

City Beat: Cecil Allen Moore's songs featured in 'Buckshot'

Published Aug. 1 2018

How nine songs by Cecil Allen Moore came to be used on a movie soundtrack is the kind of thing...

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 1-8

Published Aug. 1 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Courters' Kitchen: Chicken and waffles, a big plate of good

Published Jul. 31 2018

BARRY SAYS: Finding fresh items like tomatoes, corn or strawberries at local farmers markets, as well as new-to-us ingredients like...

Off the Couch: Barnes & Noble celebrates Harry Potter anniversary

Published Jul. 30 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, have I ever told you about the day 20 years ago that my then-9-year-old son got in...

City Beat: David Carroll's 'Vinyl Express' hits 100th episode

Published Jul. 25 2018

David Carroll is hardly a novice when it comes to media in our town, and he certainly knows his way...

Club Scene Calendar - July 25-Aug. 1

Published Jul. 25 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Chattanooga Market festival showcases buskers

Published Jul. 23 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I have to admit that every time I hear the word busker or busking, my first thought...