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

Rachel Held Evans sees the positive in the Good Book

Published Jul. 22 2018

The way biblical author and columnist Rachel Held Evans sees things, the Bible is not intended to be a place...

Randy Smith inducted in state Journalism Hall of Fame

Published Jul. 20 2018

Longtime broadcaster and online columnist Randy Smith is among seven journalists who have been inducted in the Tennessee Journalism Hall...

Restaurant review: Kenny's offers something extra at breakfast, lunch

Published Jul. 18 2018

Kenny's Southside Sandwiches opened late last month in the space formerly occupied by Porker's BBQ, and while losing Porker's was...


Kim Walker-Smith tour comes to City Church Chattanooga

Published Jul. 18 2018

When Kim Walker-Smith heads out on tour, things are perhaps a little different than they are for other musicians.

City Beat: Death brings music community together

Published Jul. 18 2018

I did not know A. Hunter White personally, but based on the amount of love being shown him on social...

Club Scene Calendar - July 18-25

Published Jul. 18 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

National Museum of African American Music on track for 2019 opening in Nashville

Published Jul. 16 2018

Throughout this country's history, African-Americans have done much to create, influence and contribute to the musical culture in America, and...

Off the Couch: Bacon Brothers, Moore on Chattanooga's musical menu

Published Jul. 16 2018

LISA DENTON: Barry, I saw your story about The Bacon Brothers in last week's ChattanoogaNow, and I have to tell...

Collaboration comes naturally for the Bacon Brothers

Published Jul. 11 2018

Nine years separate the Bacon Brothers, the duo of Michael, 68, and Kevin, 59. Like a lot of siblings with...

City Beat: A new radio gig for Cody McCarver

Published Jul. 11 2018

Cody McCarver is the first to tell you that life has not only gotten better, but taken quite a few...

Club Scene Calendar - July 11-18

Published Jul. 11 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Courters' Kitchen: Try halibut in a Sicilian-style sauce made with cherry tomatoes [video]

Published Jul. 10 2018

KELLEY SAYS: By good fortune and sheer coincidence, two of our children and their spouses were able to travel to...

Off the Couch: Big names in music, lots of theater on horizon

Published Jul. 9 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it's another big week for fans of live music.

From wood pile to art: LaFayette couple enlist student to transform logs into furniture

Published Jul. 8 2018

Upon entering the LaFayette, Georgia, home of Rusty and Charlotte Hicks, you immediately take note of a couple of things.

City Beat: The Vamps looking to make 'All Night' all right

Published Jul. 4 2018

The guys from The Vamps were in town last week for a Hits 96 radio-sponsored meet-and-greet at Sing It or...

Club Scene Calendar - July 4-11

Published Jul. 4 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Gerri Williams brings life experience to her art classes

Published Jul. 3 2018

It's not every day that someone as qualified as Gerri Williams walks into the North River Civic Center and offers...

Off the Couch: Where will you celebrate the Fourth of July?

Published Jul. 2 2018

LISA DENTON: OK, Barry, the Fourth of July is almost here. You ready? What all do you need — pool...

City Beat: 'Bo Duke' coming to Dunlap for concert

Published Jun. 27 2018

If you're looking for a cool place to hang out on Wednesday to celebrate the Fourth, Dunlap might be the...

Club Scene Calendar - June 27-July 4

Published Jun. 27 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.