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: It didn't start with Cronkite

Published Apr. 21 2019

In Mayor Andy Berke's "State of the City" address Thursday night, he referenced the 1969 mention by legendary CBS broadcaster...

Cooper: Berke and the big issues

Published Apr. 20 2019

All Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke wants to do this year is tackle climate change, homelessness, economic mobility and school safety....

Cooper: It's over, but it's not over

Published Apr. 19 2019

Although President Donald Trump repeated the words "no collusion, no obstruction" again Thursday following the release of a special counsel's...

Cooper: War monuments looking for a home

Published Apr. 17 2019

Final plans for the renovation of Patten Parkway were unveiled Monday night, but they did not include any specific plans...

Cooper: Educational savings account proposal needs compromise

Published Apr. 16 2019

We would like to believe there is still time for compromise on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's bold educational savings account...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Clueless In Washington

Published Apr. 15 2019

Let this sink in. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, had bank executives before...

Cooper: Ensuring election security

Published Apr. 14 2019

Democrats across the country try every trick in the book to elect more of their own to office.

Cooper: Updating the Higher Education Act

Published Apr. 13 2019

The Higher Education Act originally was signed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society agenda in 1965.

Cooper: Gun violence affects all of us

Published Apr. 12 2019

A community forum on the effects of gun violence in Chattanooga won't keep someone who desperately wants a gun from...

Cooper: I want it my way - and now

Published Apr. 10 2019

Give-us-what-we-want-when-we-want-it attitudes are often found on a toddler's playground but don't belong in hearing rooms of the U.S. Capitol and...

Cooper: Hands-on Biden has other issues

Published Apr. 9 2019

As former Vice President Joe Biden continues his touching apology tour and apparently nears an announcement that he'll run for...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Stacey Abrams' career choices

Published Apr. 8 2019

Apparently, 2018 Georgia governor's race loser Stacey Abrams wants to be taken seriously as a candidate for other offices, but...

Cooper: Pondering the last straw

Published Apr. 7 2019

"I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics."

Cooper: Democrats bowing at Sharpton altar

Published Apr. 6 2019

Just over a decade ago, Al Sharpton was poison.

Cooper: Giving tax increases more time

Published Apr. 5 2019

When Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd tried to introduce a resolution in October 2017 that would mandate two votes before...

Cooper: Chick-fil-A-ing The First Amendment

Published Apr. 3 2019

Every time the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain is subject to a false discrimination claim, the line around the individual restaurants for...

Cooper: Shattuck, Webb and promises

Published Apr. 2 2019

It was no surprise General Sessions Judge Clarence Shattuck's courtroom was a beehive of activity Friday.

Cooper: Watching for the gym rush

Published Apr. 2 2019

What's $6 million or $12 million or $18 million when considering Tennessee's overall fiscal 2020 budget of $38.6 billion?

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Does he wear a red hat?

Published Apr. 1 2019

Intolerant some?

Cooper: Light in sewer problem tunnel?

Published Mar. 31 2019

One of the most vexing infrastructure issues involving Hamilton County in many years appears nowhere near being solved.