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's Eye on the Left: Biden for vice president?

Published May. 20 2019

Reportedly, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is getting sick of repeated questions about whether the first-term senator really got into...

Cooper: Laughter is still the best medicine

Published May. 19 2019

The widespread sadness over the death of comedian Tim Conway last week made us wonder if today's Americans have lost...

Cooper: Casada scandal worsens

Published May. 18 2019

A text message scandal involving the Tennessee speaker of the House has morphed into something much worse.

Cooper: Immigration - in baby steps

Published May. 17 2019

President Donald Trump unveiled plans for a sensible immigration overhaul Thursday, and Democrats promptly assigned them to the ash bin...

Cooper: Fed funds boost city road fixes

Published May. 15 2019

Crime may increase and garbage service may lag, but if a street is full of potholes and driving over it...

Cooper: Dems say buh-bye to God

Published May. 14 2019

There's no real mystery why Democrats dropped "so help me God" from the end of the oaths U.S. House witnesses...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: It's a crisis, it's a crisis

Published May. 13 2019

The Climate Reality Project, an activist group founded by former Vice President Al Gore in 2006, has decided it needs...

Cooper: Abortion a likely 2020 issue

Published May. 12 2019

It's the fight for which both sides have been spoiling. And it may play out in grand scale as an...

Cooper: For schools, the time is now

Published May. 11 2019

The problem with the Hamilton County Board of Education asking for an additional $34 million in its fiscal 2020 budget...

Cooper: Glen Casada should exit Tennessee House speaker post

Published May. 10 2019

In 2016, when it was revealed late in the campaign Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had made some crude sexual...

Cooper: The curious calculation of refuting American greatness

Published May. 8 2019

Pete Buttigieg, one of the nearly two dozen Democratic hopefuls for the 2020 presidential nomination, went down the road Monday...

Cooper: Desperate (White) House seekers

Published May. 7 2019

Is the American electorate stupid, or do Democrats just think it is? We'd like to believe it's the latter.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Women, men and the Constitution

Published May. 6 2019

Wait, what?

Cooper: Falling out of love with God

Published May. 5 2019

A new Gallup poll delineates a startling drop in United States church membership, but people don't need a poll to...

Cooper: Legislature also did what?

Published May. 4 2019

Most of the chatter around the wind-down of the Tennessee General Assembly session has dealt with the passage of an...

Cooper: Education savings account a start; changes needed

Published May. 3 2019

An education savings account bill that initially seemed to offer such promise for school choice in the state has passed...

Cooper: Predicting economic doom

Published May. 1 2019

If you predict it every year, sooner or later the United States will have a catastrophic year for hurricanes.

Cooper: 'There goes the neighborhood'

Published Apr. 30 2019

A New York Times article, which ran in the Times Free Press Sunday, was headlined "Mostly black community becoming whiter."

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Pick your poison

Published Apr. 29 2019

College students, who vote widely for Democratic Party candidates in presidential elections, lack a little knowledge about the variety of...

Cooper: The Spirit of '1776'

Published Apr. 28 2019

We were reminded recently that the musical "1776" opened on Broadway 50 years ago this spring.