David Cook (Reporter)

Phone: (423) 757-6357
E-mail: dcook@timesfreepress.com
David Cook is the award-winning city columnist for the Times Free Press, working in the same building where he began his post-college career as a sportswriter for the Chattanooga Free Press. Cook, who graduated from Red Bank High, holds a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Prescott College and an English degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. For 12 years, he was a teacher at the middle, high school and university levels. A Marshall Memorial Fellow, Cook published in magazines (The Sun, Utne Reader, Geez), academic journals, an anthology on homelessness ("Personal Struggles, Professional Lives: Ethics and Advocacy in Research on Homelessness" — Lexington Press) and an anthology on grandparents and grandchildren ("Grandparenting with Heart" — North Atlantic).

Cook: How to travel the world without leaving home

Published Jul. 14 2019

Long before she swam with bull sharks in Fiji or wept with Buddhist nuns in Cambodia or heard the voice...

Cook: This is what racial reconciliation can look like

Published Jul. 7 2019

More than a century after the lynching murder of Ed Johnson, the healing work continues.

Cook: Reparations, freedom and the end of denial

Published Jun. 30 2019

We attract people and companies from all around the world. Move here. Work here. Play here. Build here.


Cook: Better schools won't fix Hamilton County

Published Jun. 23 2019

On Wednesday, Hamilton County leaders will vote on a budget that includes a property tax rate hike to additionally fund...

Cook: Corporate greed is the issue, not unions

Published Jun. 16 2019

Friday night, the United Auto Workers lost the union election at Volkswagen.

Cook: Chattanooga soccer: It matters who you cheer for

Published Jun. 8 2019

There are two professional soccer teams in Chattanooga. Yet there is only room in this town for one.

Cook: Why I support a tax increase for public schools

Published Jun. 2 2019

Not long ago in Chattanooga, a little girl got suspended from a neighborhood rec center.

Cook: Searching for more on Memorial Day

Published May. 26 2019

I can't remember the last time I genuinely and somberly memorialized any deceased veteran on Memorial Day.

Cook: Tennessee and the god of human violence

Published May. 19 2019

Would Gov. Bill Lee execute King David, too?

Music festivals and Chattanooga's diversity crisis

Published May. 12 2019

Summer approaches. It's music festival season.

Cook: Why this man ran 50 miles through the desert

Published May. 5 2019

There in the desert, 20 miles from nowhere, as the wind began to howl and the rain turned awful and...

Cook: This is what sustainable building looks like

Published Apr. 28 2019

Build two rooms.


Cook: The future of the Garden of Eden

Published Apr. 20 2019

Jesus said to consider the lilies of the field.

Cook: Chattanooga and the Little White Lie

Published Apr. 14 2019

Thursday evening inside a Chattanooga Convention Center ballroom, Mayor Andy Berke will give his sixth State of the City address.

Cook: Bryan Williamson and the trigger of kindness

Published Apr. 7 2019

Before he was shot for the first time, Bryan Williamson had been feeling good about things, that life, finally, was...

Cook: Could Chattanooga host March Madness?

Published Mar. 31 2019

It was last weekend; the opening rounds of the most intoxicating three weeks in American sports — the NCAA men's...

Cook: Healing and unity through Ed Johnson's story

Published Mar. 24 2019

In the early evening of March 19, five days ago, dozens of Chattanoogans gathered on the south side of the...

Cook: The Bible, the moon and why being gay is not a sin

Published Mar. 17 2019

The email arrived a week or so ago, not long after the United Methodist church voted to affirm its ban...

Cook: A sycamore tree love story

Published Mar. 10 2019

Love conquers ... all?

Cook: Four stories and the fog of winter

Published Mar. 3 2019

On Wednesday, the Hamilton County Commission will vote on a resolution to allocate $100,000 for a memorial honoring Ed Johnson,...