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: Hamilton County and the medicine of black moral witness

Published Sep. 15 2019

The more I think about it, the angrier I get.

Cook: Black protest, white silence and the future of a sheriff

Published Sep. 8 2019

In July, a group of 50 suit-and-tie African-American preachers, ministers and supporters stood outside the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, declaring...

Cook: Salt of the Earth - the life of Johnny 'Digger' Tucker

Published Sep. 1 2019

Writing this column has taken me powerful places; I've met presidents and rock stars, visited prisons, protests and places so...

Cook: Bias training and the reconstruction of the mind

Published Aug. 25 2019

Not long ago, I was driving home and passed by a construction crew working in the front yard of a...

Cook: Why are other southern states installing more solar than Tennessee?

Published Aug. 18 2019

Tuesday evening, on the hottest day of the year, the parking lot thermometer read 102 degrees in St. Elmo.

Cook: We must stop burning fossil fuels

Published Aug. 11 2019

Some 15 years ago, after reading a review from George Will, I picked up Matthew Scully's "Dominion," a haunting nonfiction...

Cook: How one local family creates no trash or waste

Published Aug. 4 2019

Two years ago, Sadie McElrath, a nurse practitioner, was curled up on her living room couch, watching YouTube about the...

Cook: Downtown Chattanooga is not Disney - say no to Business Improvement District

Published Jul. 28 2019

Downtown Chattanooga's proposed Business Improvement District is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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.