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: Space force no laughing matter

Published Aug. 14 2018

The Trump administration announced earlier this month it wanted to establish a United States Space Force, a separate and distinct...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Face of Democrats showing wear

Published Aug. 13 2018

She's a college graduate?

Cooper: Medicare for all just doesn't add up

Published Aug. 12 2018

If you haven't seen or heard the acronym M4A, you will.

Cooper: Obama-era IRS scandal settled

Published Aug. 10 2018

Former President Barack Obama frequently likes to repeat the myth that his administration was devoid of scandal, but the repetition...

Cooper: Area students buck faith trend

Published Aug. 10 2018

Generation Z, which includes those students currently in high school, is the least Christian generation to date, according to a...

Cooper: Magistrates all signed agreements

Published Aug. 10 2018

This week's Hamilton County magistrate overpayment kerfuffle reminds us of the title of a middling 1960s comedy film, "Who's Minding...

Cooper: Bredesen deceptive out of the box

Published Aug. 8 2018

Well, that didn't take long.

Cooper: Is 'Q' the Tea Party of 2018?

Published Aug. 7 2018

Remember the tea party?

Cooper's Eye on the Left: You mean illegals are illegal?

Published Aug. 6 2018

It's the law, Senator!

Cooper: Probe reaches its terrible twos

Published Aug. 5 2018

It seems instructive to point out that two years ago last week, on July 31, 2016, to be exact, the...

Cooper: Lee stayed above the fray

Published Aug. 3 2018

Franklin, Tenn., businessman Bill Lee threaded the needle between two better financed opponents who constantly attacked each other, cast himself...

Cooper: District 26 twists may be oddest

Published Aug. 3 2018

State and local elections Thursday produced few surprises other than Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Lee's sizable victory.

Cooper: We're last in early voting

Published Aug. 3 2018

On Thursday, Tennesseans selected nominees for their next governor, United States senator and state legislators and made their final picks...

Cooper: When the new economic normal's not

Published Aug. 1 2018

The cliff the country nearly fell off in 2016 cannot be emphasized enough.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Trolling for 'Supreme' dirt

Published Jul. 30 2018

How desperate is the left for anything that could ruin the chances of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh?

Cooper: Reason they cling to Trump

Published Jul. 29 2018

Randy Boyd's Republican gubernatorial primary campaign has taken to referring to one of his competitors derisively in recent weeks as...

Cooper: Free Press editorial page endorsements

Published Jul. 28 2018

Saturday is the last day of early voting in the county general and state and federal primary elections.

Cooper: Removing pharmacists' 'gags'

Published Jul. 27 2018

Today, your pharmacist may not be able to inform you that your prescription would cost you less if you paid...

Cooper: District 30 race in the mud

Published Jul. 27 2018

We continue to be saddened by the tone of the Republican primary race for the District 30 seat in the...

Cooper: Open seats monetarily competitive

Published Jul. 25 2018

Candidates running in primaries for two open seats in the Hamilton County legislative delegation amassed nearly $127,000 in contributions for...