Clint Cooper (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6497
Clint Cooper is the Free Press editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, representing the conservative side of the newspaper's opinion section. Previously he worked as a lifestyles reporter, and has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section's design. Before becoming sports news editor, he was a staff writer. In the Life section, he is responsible for the content of the weekly religion page but also contributes entertainment stories to the current section; health, home and profile stories for the daily Life pages; and general news articles to the news columns. In the past, he has written on technology and baby boomers for the section. Clint has received honors over the years for his writing and design in both individual work and work as part of a team or section. Among those are several best overall team coverage awards from the Southern League (when he was either lead writer or content/design editor), a best section award by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (when he was content/design editor) and several first-place awards in the community lifestyles category of the Tennessee Press Association contest (as part of a staff). The Chattanooga native is a cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in mass communications and did postgraduate work there in secondary education. Clint and his wife of 21 years, Donna, have one son, Patrick, 18. He enjoys acting, reading and running. Contact Clint at 423-757-6497 or You may friend him on Facebook.

Cooper: Feeling the Bern(ies)

Published Feb. 24 2019

Poor Bernie Sanders. Like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, he "don't get no respect."

Cooper: Will 'reset' move WWTA ball?

Published Feb. 23 2019

Although it appears the wheels of progress toward a permanent solution in determining how the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater...

Cooper: Who's reliving the 1980s?

Published Feb. 23 2019

What happened in the '80s stayed in the '80s, right?


Cooper: U.S. Supreme Court, state eye civil forfeiture

Published Feb. 22 2019

We'd like to believe the Tennessee legislature was a little bit ahead of the United States Supreme Court on the...

Cooper: Investing in small businesses

Published Feb. 20 2019

Anyone who has ever owned, been employed by or been closely associated with a small business understands the difficulties in...

Cooper: Fairness and Trump's enemy

Published Feb. 19 2019

If Donald Trump is looking for fairness from "Saturday Night Live," he is looking in the wrong place.

Cooper's Eye on the left: The false MAGA files

Published Feb. 18 2019

What's the only "fact" you remember about the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett last month?

Cooper: Preserving Tennessee treasures

Published Feb. 17 2019

It probably went little noticed by most Tennesseans last week, but Congress moved a bit closer to helping preserve or...

Cooper: TVA, the syncretist

Published Feb. 16 2019

The Tennessee Valley Authority has the ability to make both fossil-fuel advocates and green power proponents mad. It must be...

Cooper: Trump is doing what he said he'd do

Published Feb. 16 2019

Make no mistake about it. President Donald Trump believes a wall is needed on the country's Southern border.

Cooper: Prohibiting park puffing

Published Feb. 15 2019

Although most public playgrounds are open air, it seems reasonable to prohibit smoking in such spaces both for the health...

Cooper: Restoring felons' voting rights

Published Feb. 15 2019

Felony crime convictions in Tennessee, whether by a state court, a court in another state, or a federal court, cause...

Cooper: When Democrats offend

Published Feb. 13 2019

You could see it coming a mile away.

Cooper: New love for septic tanks?

Published Feb. 12 2019

As it stands now, builders of new homes to supply the fast-growing northeastern portion of the county have their hands...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Powerlifter wants to switch sides

Published Feb. 10 2019

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, wants to make sure biological males can compete in women's powerlifting events. She recently sent...

Cooper: Dreaming bigger in space

Published Feb. 10 2019

For baby boomers, who grew up in an era when space exploration offered the fascination and potential of a previous...

Cooper: The King School option

Published Feb. 9 2019

We believe the Hamilton County Schools district is trying to turn things around in its Opportunity Zone schools, but many...

Cooper: Another tax increase for schools?

Published Feb. 9 2019

Two years ago, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger desperately sounded like he was trying to say something without saying it.

Cooper: Velocity 2040's daunting goals

Published Feb. 8 2019

Achievable, utopian or somewhere in between?

Cooper: Democrats' border solution

Published Feb. 6 2019

The Democrats' proposed Keep Families Together Act reminds us of their ubiquitous use of the term "health care" when they...