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: When is poverty, poverty?

Published Sep. 15 2019

When the national, anti-Trump media is fixed on convincing Americans a recession is just around the corner, positive economic news...

Cooper: Democrats' continued gimmickry on display

Published Sep. 14 2019

Just minutes out of the gate of the third Democratic Party presidential debate in Houston Thursday night, entrepreneur Andrew Yang...

Cooper: Hospital's internal struggles brought down Spiegel

Published Sep. 13 2019

The public picture was sparkling - a whiz-bang, new children's outpatient center, a growing reach of regional health affiliates and...

Cooper: I'll have unleaded, please

Published Sep. 11 2019

The first phase of Chattanooga Creek cleanup more than 20 years ago likely was only the tip of what would...

Cooper: To Potter or not to Potter

Published Sep. 10 2019

Everything old is new again - even fantasy book controversies.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: No more toeing the Dem line

Published Sep. 9 2019

I gotta be me

Cooper: Resume daily press briefings

Published Sep. 8 2019

The most recent White House daily press briefing was March 11. No date has been set for the next one.

Cooper: Smearing the quarterback

Published Sep. 7 2019

It was, Drew Brees assumed, an innocuous way to suggest school-age Christians live out their faith.

Cooper: Twins in flouting the law

Published Sep. 6 2019

The two individuals in question would never want to be lumped together, but Nashville Mayor David Briley and Coffee County...

Cooper: Remember, Iran is still Iran

Published Sep. 4 2019

Iran is not a nation that shares similar values with the United States and does not have the best interests...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'Shallow Thoughts with AOC'

Published Sep. 2 2019

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, as many Republicans have remarked, is the gift that keeps on giving.

Cooper: Georgia's 2020 opportunity

Published Sep. 1 2019

Georgia voters will have an opportunity next November that hasn't come their way in more than 100 years.


Cooper: Resolving Erlanger issues

Published Aug. 31 2019

Discussion about the potential exit of Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel, which had been simmering behind the scenes for...

Cooper: Learning from UTC incident

Published Aug. 30 2019

The Monday morning quarterbacking came surely and swiftly on a Wednesday afternoon following an incident near the University of Tennessee...

Cooper: Educational choice - if someone else is paying

Published Aug. 28 2019

Parents are clearly looking for something better when it comes to education for their children - as long as someone...

Cooper: Trump and our attention spans

Published Aug. 27 2019

To misquote the late comedian Oliver Hardy, "Well, here's another fine mess we've gotten ourselves into."

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Bill and Jeffrey's odd bromance

Published Aug. 26 2019

How close were the late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and former President Bill Clinton, who records show took at...

Cooper: A Medal of Honor lineage

Published Aug. 25 2019

"Hundreds of insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a pair of remote outposts near the Pakistan border,"...

Cooper: More hypocrisy on border fixes

Published Aug. 23 2019

If the issue weren't so serious, the politics of the left on illegal immigration could make one laugh aloud.

Cooper: Weep not for Planned Parenthood

Published Aug. 21 2019

Planned Parenthood is planning to stick to its guns. We applaud the organization for doing so.