David Uchiyama (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6364
E-mail: duchiyama@timesfreepress.com
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men's basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working at the Monterey County Herald in the fall of 1995 when he was a junior in high school. He spent five eventful years at Indiana University as a journalism major. In that time, he worked for the Indiana Daily Student as the sports editor, football writer, men's basketball writer and held other high-profile positions before getting hired in Chattanooga. He was an intern at the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1999 and helped cover the Reds and other sports. In 2001, he was an intern at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, where he assisted with coverage of the NBA, the Vikings, and the PGA Tour. He also received intensive training at the Associated Press Sports Journalism Institute in 2000 and was a speaker at an Investigative Reporters and Editors annual conference in 2001. His list of awards include honors from the Hearst Foundation, the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists. Golf, fly-fishing and outdoor-related activities occupy David's free time, in addition to work on his first house in Red Bank. Contact David at duchiyama@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6484. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/UchSports.

Chattanooga offers golf fanatics lots of options

Published May. 31 2016

The Chattanooga golf scene is unlike any other in the South, perhaps, the country.

Chattanooga Christian revives softball program

Published Mar. 13 2016

Hannah Stimart has never played softball outside of physical education class or toying around with her friends. She's been a...

Mustangs pull out Class AAA state tournament berth

Published Mar. 8 2016

Josh Jones remembers running around at Walker Valley basketball games as a 4-year-old admiring the last Mustangs basketball team to...

Senior Maddie Wright scores 30, but Boyd-Buchanan's season ends

Published Mar. 6 2016

Maddie Wright was the last Boyd-Buchanan player to exit the Lady Buccaneers' locker room Saturday night.

Brainerd wears down depleted Central, wins Region 3-AA title

Published Mar. 4 2016

Central boys' basketball coach Rick Rogers wore a purple hooded sweatshirt to what he deemed a "dress rehearsal" for Monday...

Lynn-tastic night for Jacobi, McMinn Central girls

Published Mar. 3 2016

Jacobi Lynn scored on McMinn Central's first possession of the game Wednesday night. It was a nice post move.

Marion County, Van Buren win Region 3-A semifinals

Published Mar. 2 2016

Mark Dragoo called for time during the first half.

Sequoyah, McMinn Central win 3-AA girls' semifinals

Published Mar. 1 2016

Sequoyah girls' basketball coach Spencer Beaty has no dreams of being Superman.

Red Bank out-races McMinn Central Chargers

Published Feb. 28 2016

Red Bank's boys' basketball team will get a rematch — again.

Aryn Sanders spurs Signal Mountain region victory

Published Feb. 27 2016

Signal Mountain senior point guard Aryn Sanders massaged her legs for a minute following the Lady Eagles' 56-38 win over...

Rhyne Howard wins game for Bradley Central at buzzer

Published Feb. 23 2016

Coach Jason Reuter drew up the perfect play.

Notre Dame boys, Signal Mountain girls win 7-AA titles

Published Feb. 21 2016

Tyler Byrd clapped his hands and grimaced. He had just missed catching and flushing an alley-oop during the third quarter...

McMinn County silences vocal East Hamilton boys in District 5-AAA tourney

Published Feb. 20 2016

East Hamilton boys' basketball coach Rodney English kept hollering and continued encouraging his players as they trailed in the...

Cleveland picks up pace, ends Soddy-Daisy Trojans' season

Published Feb. 19 2016

Cleveland senior guard T.J. Constant sat on the bench in the first quarter with two fouls.

Heritage boys' season ends with big loss to Columbia

Published Feb. 18 2016

Heritage fell to an overwhelming Columbia squad 70-38 in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs Wednesday.

Heritage girls' season ends with two-point loss

Published Feb. 18 2016

Heritage lost 46-44 to Arabia Mountain in the opening round of the Georgia Class AAAA basketball playoffs.

Chattanooga Men's Metro trophy named after longtime chairman

Published Feb. 18 2016

Mike Jenkins never won the right to have his name inscribed alongside Chattanooga golfing legends on the trophy given to...

Ringgold girls win state opener with starters finally back

Published Feb. 17 2016

Ringgold basketball coach Margaret Stockburger smiled as her eyes scanned the gym following her Lady Tigers' 69-50 win over East...

Calhoun keeps cruising, downs Colts for region title

Published Feb. 14 2016

Calhoun basketball coach Vince Layson has the perfect excuse for forgetting flowers and chocolates for his wife on Valentine's Day...

Heritage handles Northwest Whitfield, plays for region title

Published Feb. 13 2016

Hunter Erickson has a new hairstyle out of necessity. He calls it a "top-knot" with the simple purpose of keeping...