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: U.S. dodges lethal court bullet

Published Jun. 29 2018

If ever the Republican Senate did something wise in the waning months of President Barack Obama's presidency, it was to...

Cooper: Forum: Few homers or strikeouts

Published Jun. 27 2018

Five of the top six contenders for the next governor of Tennessee appeared to be practiced at their campaigning craft...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: When cruel hate is sanctioned

Published Jun. 25 2018

Weeks ago, Roseanne Barr compared a former Obama administration official to an ape. Within the blink of an eye, she...

Cooper: Breaking up the states?

Published Jun. 24 2018

Leave it to California to come up with a new idea that could give Democrats a partisan advantage in Congress.

Cooper: Supreme Court evens the bar

Published Jun. 23 2018

No matter what side you come down on sales taxes on internet purchases, one thing is clear. Americans are not...

Cooper: John P. Franklin Sr. got 'involved'

Published Jun. 23 2018

John P. Franklin Sr. was the right man at the right time.

Cooper: Can Hamilton County Schools reach 'equity'?

Published Jun. 22 2018

"All children in Hamilton County - whether black, white or brown - have a real opportunity to reach their full...

Cooper: Border policies not cut, dried

Published Jun. 20 2018

There he goes again.

Cooper: Ramsey, Sumitt contributed widely

Published Jun. 19 2018

Two former public servants, whose combined 75 years of giving back to Chattanooga and Hamilton County included stints as deputy...

Cooper: McCormick to seek new pastures

Published Jun. 19 2018

Where it comes to his family and a professional job offer, the lure of becoming the most powerful person in...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Don't let them read about Trump

Published Jun. 18 2018

Scholastic, the book company that for years has offered a wide variety of children's books, is out with two recent...

The Rant

Published Jun. 17 2018

Mueller's bogus wild goose chase finds nothing — despicable. Meanwhile, Trump keeps winning and haters keep whining — priceless!


Cooper: Truth and the IG report

Published Jun. 16 2018

Now that one day's worth of dust has settled following the release of the report on the actions of the...

Cooper: Can summit be the start?

Published Jun. 13 2018

We've been here before, with crossed fingers, at the precipice of peace on the Korean peninsula.

Cooper: Is Trump preventing child births?

Published Jun. 11 2018

Just ask the expert(s)

Cooper: Miss America, #MeToo and Melania

Published Jun. 10 2018

Miss America contestants can stop searching for that perfect, figure-flattering but modest, one- or two-piece bathing suit, and mix in...

Cooper: Bredesen's words sound familiar

Published Jun. 8 2018

When you're a Democrat running for the United States Senate in a state in which President Donald Trump is popular,...

Cooper: Supreme Court kicks can down the road

Published Jun. 6 2018

Faced with a plum religious freedom case in which a Colorado baker refused to prepare a wedding cake for a...

Cooper: Lighten up on Walnut Street Bridge lights

Published Jun. 5 2018

What does it say about a city in which it is proposed that $4.05 million be spent for a light...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Network got the 'big' story

Published Jun. 4 2018

While President Trump was signing landmark legislation last week that gives terminally ill patients the right to try new health...