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: 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,...

Cook: The undressing of the old Confederate mind

Published Feb. 24 2019

There is no yearbook photo from my college life 25 years ago.

Cook: How will the Methodist church treat gay Christians?

Published Feb. 17 2019

Women should keep silent in church.

Cook: The two lives of Isaiah Moore

Published Feb. 10 2019

When it's warm out, Isaiah Moore, 27, likes to go outside and practice yoga with his wife, who's a model....

Cook: The most important legal idea you've never heard of

Published Feb. 3 2019

You're watching the Super Bowl when you discover a dead mouse in the jar of cheese dip.

Cook: A people removed are not a people forgotten

Published Jan. 27 2019

Not long after his recent report on collapsing racial dynamics in downtown Chattanooga was made public, Dr. Ken Chilton stood...

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.