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: 'His greatest disappointment'

Published Jul. 23 2018

Far left Democratic funder George Soros doesn't believe he got his money's worth in former President Barack Obama. Indeed, he...

Cooper: Dirtying our mailboxes, ears

Published Jul. 22 2018

Every day, Tennesseans return from their mailboxes with a strong desire to wash their hands.

Cooper: School district clock now ticking

Published Jul. 20 2018

With the release of the TNReady tests results Thursday, the Hamilton County Department of Education's "mulligan" year is over.


Cooper: Lee a pawn in Pence opposition

Published Jul. 19 2018

The left failed to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box in November 2016, so its acolytes have decided to...

Cooper: Trump looking down the road?

Published Jul. 18 2018

President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday. Maybe you read about it.

Cooper: County incumbents well financed

Published Jul. 16 2018

All three Hamilton County Commission incumbents in contested races in the Aug. 2 general election are in better shape than...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: When the left goes low...

Published Jul. 16 2018

If you're on the left, you'd be against anyone President Donald Trump nominated to be a Supreme Court justice. So...

Cooper: Obamacare's good news, bad news

Published Jul. 13 2018

While the myths of the "you can keep your doctor," "you can keep your health plan" and "your premiums will...

Cooper: Lee the choice for Republicans

Published Jul. 13 2018

Tennessee Republicans can feel fortunate they have an embarrassment of riches in their gubernatorial primary to replace term-limited Republican Bill...

Cooper: In state legislative races...

Published Jul. 13 2018

No state legislative candidate should go uncontested in both primary and general election races, but that has been the case...

Cooper: Blackburn earns shot at Senate

Published Jul. 12 2018

Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker suggested when he was running for the United States Senate in 2006 that he couldn't...

Cooper: Give Fleischmann fifth term

Published Jul. 12 2018

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, is the odds-on favorite to win his Republican 3rd District primary in August and the...

Cooper: Keep Hammond as sheriff

Published Jul. 11 2018

We want our sheriffs to prevent crime and arrest the people who perpetrate crimes that occur.

Cooper: Gravitt pick for Register of Deeds

Published Jul. 11 2018

Hamilton County has had a recent history of candidates in part-time state and county elected positions leaving those jobs to...

Cooper: Re-elect Coppinger on his record

Published Jul. 11 2018

If you like what's happening in Hamilton County, Jim Coppinger would have you return him as county mayor for a...

Cooper: In Hamilton County school board races...

Published Jul. 10 2018

No asset may be more important for Hamilton County than a sound public education system. For many students in recent...

Cooper: Free Press endorsements in county commission races

Published Jul. 9 2018

The Hamilton County Commission is the legislative and policy-making body of the county, but its nine members must be both...

Cooper: U.S. Supreme Court is why voters picked Trump

Published Jul. 8 2018

Name the last United States Supreme Court justice appointed by a Democratic president who failed to vote in practical lockstep...

Cooper: The Second Civil War

Published Jul. 6 2018

Apparently, the Second Civil War did not break out. Unless no one has told us, of course.

Cooper: Be a candle for your country

Published Jul. 4 2018

It's easy to become depressed if we selectively listen to national news broadcasts and read only what stokes our partisan...