David Cook (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6329
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: 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...

Cook: Croaking it up on Father's Day

Published Jun. 17 2018

Five times a day, my cellphone tells me something I'd rather it didn't.

Cook: Many bridges in this town need lighting

Published Jun. 10 2018

Not long after the news broke that City Hall hoped to spend $4 million — roughly half from taxpayers, half...

Cook: 'The Book of Mormon' and the most Bible-minded city

Published Jun. 3 2018

Single performance tickets go on sale soon for this season's Broadway at the Tivoli program, which includes eight performances of...

Cook: Of a different kind: Honoring Javon, Reuben and Dan

Published May. 27 2018

As he does most Wednesdays, JaMichael Heathington, a teacher and coach at Calvary Christian School, began the evening's Bible study...

Cook: How inclusive is Chattanooga?

Published May. 20 2018

A few weeks ago, the Urban Institute released an online database that measures inclusion in 274 of the largest U.S....

Cook: Mother's Day and the political ceiling

Published May. 13 2018

Among the Mother's Day bouquets and brunches, make sure you also give your mom a voter registration card.

Cook: Seven questions for the Homelessness Council

Published May. 6 2018

Tuesday afternoon, the city's newly formed Interagency Council on Homelessness meets for the first time.

Cook: Ten words for the new Southside development

Published Apr. 29 2018

As with any major project, we should ask: How much of this new push for development on the Southside and...

Cook: Room at the table: An Earth Day invitation

Published Apr. 22 2018

Fifteen years ago this summer, my wife and I stopped eating meat.

Cook: The gold and dust of Jane Henegar

Published Apr. 15 2018

Two moments from last week reminded me of the importance of powerful teaching, especially as the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program...

Cook: Presbyterians, peace and the nuclear bomb

Published Apr. 8 2018

On Good Friday, just days before Easter, the U.S. Department of Energy gave final approval to complete construction on the...

Cook: What's the future of homelessness here?

Published Mar. 25 2018

A few weeks ago, as Chattanooga Police Department Chief David Roddy spoke to city council members about a growing panhandling...