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: Whitewashing the Best Town Ever

Published Jan. 20 2019

White people? They're everywhere. Too many to count. But African-Americans?

Cook: Where the true things are

Published Jan. 13 2019

On the third day of the new year, Dusty, a bay Morgan gelding, collapsed in the morning rain. His giant...

Cook: Predictions and promises for 2019

Published Dec. 30 2018

In 2019, Donald Trump's presidency will come to an end.


Cook: Chattanooga Area Food Bank's wish list

Published Dec. 23 2018

First, the good news.

Cook: Tubman and the erosion of trust

Published Dec. 16 2018

I'm not sure how to trust city of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke anymore.

Cook: The real Tubman is the one we build together

Published Dec. 9 2018

In 2014, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke purchased the former Harriet Tubman housing project with a promise: to make the community...

Cook: What would Walter Cronkite say about our river?

Published Dec. 2 2018

We wouldn't be Chattanooga without the Tennessee River.

Cook: Listening to the message of pain

Published Nov. 25 2018

Some day, we will look back and realize how limited and incomplete our understanding of pain has been.

Cook: Narcissistic buffoons, cultural rot and fighting words

Published Nov. 18 2018

One week ago, I wrote that Tennessee Republicans had lost their moral center, no longer reflecting the values and virtues...

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.