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: Return Bo Watson to Senate post

Published Oct. 19 2018

As chairman of the state Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee, Bo Watson, R-Hixson, has occasion to help detail Tennessee's...

Cooper: Re-elect Mike Carter to Tennessee Legislature

Published Oct. 19 2018

State Rep. Mike Carter is loyal to his constituents, his conservative ideals and his conscience, and, what's more, he likes...

Cooper: In the District 30 race ...

Published Oct. 19 2018

In the race to fill the open state house District 30 seat, perhaps the most competitive race of all Hamilton...

Cooper: Robin Smith is easy choice in District 26

Published Oct. 18 2018

Few Hamilton County state House candidates in recent memory have been as prepared to take a seat in the General...

Cooper: Give Patsy Hazlewood third term

Published Oct. 18 2018

Tennessee is in a good place, says two-term District 27 state House Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, although some people may "not...

Cooper: District 28 needs Lemon Williams

Published Oct. 18 2018

Why not hire the best person for the job? asks Republican District 28 state representative candidate Lemon Williams.

Cooper: Lee best choice for Tennessee governor

Published Oct. 17 2018

Republican Bill Lee is hoping to do something no Tennessean has accomplished in nearly 60 years — be elected governor...

Cooper: Blackburn will be reliable vote

Published Oct. 17 2018

We wish the race to replace Bob Corker as United States senator hadn't come to this. Indeed, we wish Corker...

Cooper: Give U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann a fifth term

Published Oct. 17 2018

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., told the Times Free Press in June he originally ran for Congress in 2010 because...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Bredesen's didn't-mean-it statement

Published Oct. 15 2018

Tennessee senatorial candidate Phil Bredesen's recent limp statement of support for the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh...

Cooper: Creating the best 2040 Chattanooga

Published Oct. 14 2018

In the early 1980s, Chattanooga's only vision was to stay afloat.

Cooper: The Democrats' closed rural hospitals obfuscation

Published Oct. 13 2018

Sometimes the number is 13, sometimes 12. Occasionally, the count is pegged a little lower by Democratic candidates for state...

Cooper: The Clintons on the road again

Published Oct. 12 2018

Alas, no one is calling it "The Farewell Tour."

Cooper: Looking beyond graduation rates

Published Oct. 10 2018

For a student or a parent, nothing quite beats a high school graduation ceremony.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Columbus, they hardly knew ye

Published Oct. 8 2018

Today is Columbus Day, but many people only know what they've been fed in college or leftist media about the...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Obama lost Michigan

Published Oct. 1 2018

For the first year after Democrat Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the presidency in 2016, she cited myriad reasons...

Cooper: Our financially healthy state

Published Sep. 30 2018

Tennessee has the only surplus per individual state taxpayer of any state in the eastern portion of the United States,...

Cooper: The prisoner of accusation

Published Sep. 28 2018

Occasionally, we all come across a feel-good story in which an individual charged, convicted and imprisoned for a crime is...

Cooper: When nothing becomes fact

Published Sep. 28 2018

We don't know Soddy-Daisy High School athletic director Jared Hensley, so we can't characterize his motivation for making the comments...

Cooper: Ignore papaya month and register to vote

Published Sep. 26 2018

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. Are you registered? You should be.