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: 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...

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.