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: Higher level of discourse, please

Published Jul. 17 2019

Our instinct would have been to let the feuding Democrats continue to tear themselves asunder, each new utterance cementing in...

Cooper: Protesters, what are your solutions?

Published Jul. 16 2019

Why doesn't anyone from national or local media across the country demand answers of those who hold signs and protest...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: The porn star and the candidate

Published Jul. 15 2019

Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, now an 89-year-old presidential candidate, may not have the support to make the...

Cooper: Moonshot was unifying

Published Jul. 14 2019

Fifty years ago Tuesday, the U.S. launched a rocket from Cape Kennedy, Florida, that would send three astronauts to the...

Cooper: Carve budget for 5% pay increase

Published Jul. 13 2019

Even after Hamilton County school district leaders presented a new balanced budget to school board members Thursday, all agreed the...

Cooper: Hammond's life of law enforcement

Published Jul. 13 2019

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is 75 years old but carries out his duties with the passion, energy and vision...

Cooper: Is U.S. Senate race clear for Bill Hagerty?

Published Jul. 12 2019

One might imagine the conflict former Gov. Bill Haslam felt.

Cooper: Biden's missed moment

Published Jul. 10 2019

Until last week, we thought the 2020 presidential election would be a battle of the septuagenarians — Donald Trump vs....

Cooper: Facebook advances further left

Published Jul. 9 2019

If you thought Facebook was unfair to conservatives during the 2016 and 2018 elections, just wait. It's likely to get...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Obama pics used to hit Trump

Published Jul. 8 2019

The Hill recently was the latest publication to use photographs taken at the border during the presidential administration of Barack...

Cooper: Will Democrats take the advice?

Published Jul. 7 2019

Democrats aren't listening to Republicans or the American people, so maybe their friends can get to them.

Cooper: Are state Democrats using Casada scandal?

Published Jul. 6 2019

A Democratic call for a wide-ranging investigation of the expenditures and personnel hiring of the Tennessee legislature seems oddly timed,...

Cooper: Facilities report will be the elephant in room

Published Jul. 6 2019

A July 23 joint meeting between the Hamilton County Commission and the Hamilton County Board of Education could bring some...

Cooper: Keep on truckin' - with care

Published Jul. 3 2019

It would be too simplistic to say Democrats never consider management in regulating industry and that Republicans in regulating industry...

Cooper: Walking across the Korea line

Published Jul. 2 2019

When Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked in a 2007 debate if he would be "willing to meet separately,...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Just hug it out

Published Jul. 1 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden may be as self-unaware as his Democratic presidential opponents say he is given his answer...

Cooper: Negotiating an Afghan peace

Published Jun. 30 2019

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "the hour has come for peace" in Afghanistan.

Cooper: These people want to be president?

Published Jun. 29 2019

NBC's technical glitch on the first night of the initial Democratic presidential debates on Wednesday provided the perfect meme for...

Cooper: Back to pterodactyl districts

Published Jun. 28 2019

Get ready for more congressional districts that resemble a dragon, a cow's face, a dog, a pelvis, "a broken-winged pterodactyl"...

Cooper: Hamilton County commissioners hear voters on tax increase

Published Jun. 27 2019

Imagine Hamilton County commissioners who deign to vote their constituents' desires. Five who did Thursday were in the majority in...