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: An Open Letter to the Tennessee GOP

Published Nov. 11 2018

Our new U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn is many things, but moderate is not one of them.

Cook: Want to fight hate? Quit social media

Published Nov. 4 2018

As we prepare for the president to land in our city, today's column is about hate.

Cook: The hardest gang to leave

Published Oct. 28 2018

Sometime Tuesday, Casey Moore, a 24-year-old local writer, will go to jail.

Cook: The lionhearted life of Osmette Kadrie

Published Oct. 21 2018

Long ago, in the 1950s, at a Catholic school in Dakar, Senegal, a little girl walked in and took her...

Cook: Why you should beware of a Chattanooga business improvement district

Published Oct. 14 2018

I first heard of business improvement districts (BIDs) a decade ago, when a friend, Dr. Randall Amster of Georgetown University,...

Cook: Why I still believe Christine Blasey Ford

Published Sep. 30 2018

I still believe Christine Blasey Ford.

Cook: Why I believe Christine Blasey Ford

Published Sep. 23 2018

The person you are in high school is not the person you are as an adult.

Cook: Colin Kaepernick and the Marlboro Man

Published Sep. 16 2018

State Senator Bo Watson, R-Hixson, recently asked the Tennessee General Assembly's budget analysis office for a report detailing the extent...

Cook: Chattanooga...the Sun City of the South?

Published Sep. 9 2018

We've been called the Boulder of the East.

Cook: The missed Opportunity Zone

Published Sep. 2 2018

This is why people are so, so angry.

Cook: Don't let this good idea go to waste

Published Aug. 26 2018

Got a minute? Then go put your head in a trash can and look around.

Cook: Welcome to...Chattanooggaa?

Published Aug. 19 2018

It seems there have been two stages of our late 20th and early 21st century growth.


Cook: It's time to ditch plastic straws

Published Aug. 12 2018

Earlier this week, for a few glorious hours, I was like Kim Kardashian.

Cook: The Black Panthers and Chattanooga

Published Aug. 5 2018

A Chattanoogan whose life was as crucial, if not more so, to our American democratic story.

Cook: City Hall fails transparency test on mayor's Interagency Council on Homelessness

Published Jul. 29 2018

From the very beginning, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke promised open and transparent city government.

Cook: Chattanooga, meet the young men of 2029

Published Jul. 22 2018

Last Saturday, as their parents pushed back dinner plates and settled into their chairs, 66 young men from across this...

Cook: Building the bridge that won't collapse

Published Jul. 15 2018

Were we to try and build a bridge yet ignore the laws of the physical world — gravity, tension, motion...

Cook: The church of the lawn-mowing servants

Published Jul. 8 2018

Soon after Dianne Whitlow lost her husband, she began to lose her yard.

Cook: A man for our time: The life of John P. Franklin Sr.

Published Jul. 1 2018

Late one night many, many years ago, the telephone rang inside the home of John and Eva Jim Franklin.

Cook: Stop comparing Trump to Hitler

Published Jun. 24 2018

Days ago, as Americans raged against immigrant families being separated at our southern border, former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden...