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

Off the Couch: It's a packed week ahead for music lovers

Published Sep. 24 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you know I am calendar challenged, so first I need to apologize to fans of Dr. B...

Ya-hoo Fest all about books and authors for young readers

Published Sep. 23 2018

Thirty-three authors will be at Chattanooga State Community College on Saturday for the inaugural YA-hoo Fest!, Chattanooga's Celebration of Young...

Chattanooga-based filmmakers shoot latest project, 'Beast of Eden,' here

Published Sep. 20 2018

Anyone who has ever tried to capture a moment with a video camera or a phone has learned that sometimes...


See the Seldom Scene in The Caverns on Saturday

Published Sep. 19 2018

When Dudley Connell joined Seldom Scene in 1995, the group already had a 24-year history, so that band had been...

City Beat: No, I'm not surprised by $400 hotel rooms, Moon River

Published Sep. 19 2018

Over the last two or three weeks, I've had similar conversations with several different people about the current status of...

Club Scene Calendar - Sept. 19-26

Published Sep. 19 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Noontunes kicks off at new Miller Park, Levitt Amp series continues at the Bessie

Published Sep. 17 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, normally this time of year we are starting to pull the sweaters out of the closets and...

Chattanooga Film Festival to screen 'Bad Reputation,' 'Love, Gilda'

Published Sep. 16 2018

Chris Dortch II is a film geek, but more than that, he is a pop-culture sponge who grew up listening...

Splash Youth Arts Workshop competing for Chick-fil-A award

Published Sep. 12 2018

Splash Youth Arts Workshop, a free year-round arts workshop for youth in underserved, high-crime areas, has been nominated for a...

Smith & Wesley and Friends coming to Northwest Georgia Amphitheater

Published Sep. 12 2018

Before his death in 2015, Wes Smith was involved in numerous community projects in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area....

City Beat: What does Moon River Festival mean for Chattanooga's future?

Published Sep. 12 2018

Standing on the grass infield of Coolidge Park on Sunday night watching 10,000 people throwing their hands back and forth...

Club Scene Calendar - Sept. 12-19

Published Sep. 12 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Officials, fans over the moon for inaugural Coolidge Park festival

Published Sep. 10 2018

You'll have to forgive Drew Holcomb for the birthing analogies when it comes to discussing the inaugural Moon River Festival...

Off the Couch: Miller Park reopening an all-day affair

Published Sep. 10 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, when it comes to city parks, are you fer 'em or agin 'em?

Moon River Festival gets off to hot start

Published Sep. 9 2018

Ellie Holcomb, wearing a white cotton maternity dress, found a quiet moment behind the Iris Stage to visit with her...

Moon River Music Festival quickens the tempo of North Shore

Published Sep. 6 2018

While some in the Chattanooga area might be wondering why the Moon River Music Festival founded in Memphis will now...

Club Scene Calendar - Sept. 5-12

Published Sep. 5 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

WFLI returns to classic radio roots

Published Sep. 4 2018

Seated behind the mics at the WFLI-AM 1070 studios in Lookout Valley, Gene Lovin and Max O'Brien are not only...

Moon River aims to be more than just a music event

Published Sep. 3 2018

How did this happen?

Off the Couch: It's time to kick off festival season

Published Sep. 3 2018

LISA DENTON: Happy Labor Day, Barry. Having the day off reminds me of the sign my niece gave me for...