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: Surprise! Black's pornography remarks taken out of context

Published Jun. 1 2018

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Rep. Diane Black made news across the country the other day. You may have heard about it.

Cooper: Which path to Georgia governor?

Published May. 30 2018

You've probably heard that Stacey Abrams recently made history by becoming the first woman and the first black woman to...

Cooper: On Memorial Day, thank Van Horne [photos]

Published May. 28 2018

If Lt. Gen. A.P. Stewart were ever to have a companion on the other side of the sidewalk outside the...

Cooper: Strides in prison reform?

Published May. 27 2018

Americans are an inherently compassionate but nevertheless fair people.

Cooper: Purchasing socioeconomic desegregation

Published May. 26 2018

If local philanthropic foundations and others in a coalition of the willing finance a one-year, $290,000 contract to The Howard...

Cooper: Anthem decision a nod to fans

Published May. 25 2018

A solution that could have been proposed and ratified in a group email 10 months ago - and perhaps saved...

Cooper: Is it 'bigger than Watergate'?

Published May. 23 2018

Let us recast Watergate for a moment, shall we?

Cooper: Haslam missed an opportunity

Published May. 22 2018

We believe Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam missed an important opportunity Monday by not signing a "sanctuary cities" bill and letting...

Cooper: Putting 'public' in public records

Published May. 22 2018

Despite a law passed two years ago that demands otherwise, many Tennessee government entities still are making it difficult for...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Real Indian faces Elizabeth Warren

Published May. 21 2018

The city of Cambridge, Mass., has dropped its order for independent Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai to remove banners on his...

Cooper: Want your state to count?

Published May. 20 2018

A national movement is afoot to render null the Founding Fathers' concept of the Electoral College in electing presidents.

Cooper: DACA votes could resurface

Published May. 19 2018

An obscure congressional rule soon could force the residency issue of younger illegal immigrants — those in the Deferred Action...


Cooper: When words get twisted

Published May. 18 2018

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee will need to be wary over the next few days and weeks because he's...

Cooper: Court lets the betting begin

Published May. 16 2018

The Atlanta Braves were a 1.5-run favorite to win Tuesday night's baseball game with the Chicago Cubs.

Cooper: Discretionary funds - again?

Published May. 15 2018

It's pretty simple, really. Either Hamilton County commissioners should have a discretionary fund or they shouldn't.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Woody's not the weird one

Published May. 14 2018

Two former Hanover College students have gone their separate ways since the 1980s, one to a lifestyle of admitted "extreme...

Cooper: More lessons in fall election?

Published May. 13 2018

The political left, as incredible as it may seem with midterm elections less than six months away, still has not...

Cooper: UnifiEd, board not in tune

Published May. 12 2018

A Friday news release from two sitting Hamilton County Board of Education members has shattered the assumption among many in...

Cooper: 'Thank a Democrat' for high premiums

Published May. 11 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., held a figurative mirror in front of congressional Democrats earlier this week. If they had any...

Cooper: Iran nuclear deal exit not 'end of the world'

Published May. 9 2018

On the whole, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Times Free Press editors and reporters last week, he'd just as soon...