Elizabeth Fite (Reporter)

Phone: 423.757.6673
E-mail: efite@timesfreepress.com
Elizabeth Fite covers health care for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. She joined the paper in 2017 after graduating from the University of Georgia's health and medical journalism master's program. She has written for WebMD, Georgia Health News and UGA's Office of Research, where she covered public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, infectious diseases and other sciences. She was the recipient of the 2017 Atlanta Press Club Award of Excellence for investigative reporting. Previously, she interned at the Aiken Standard in South Carolina and graduated from Auburn University.

Erlanger's contract negotiations with trustees predated state Sen. Gardenhire's conflict-of-interest bill

Published Apr. 19 2019

Erlanger Health System executive management engaged in contract negotiations with trustees in the months before a bill that would make...

Tennessee politicians call for nation to move on in wake of Mueller report

Published Apr. 18 2019

As much of the nation fixed on the Russia probe results, lawmakers from Tennessee responded on Thursday by asking Americans...

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke calls for TennCare oversight after reports that 130,000 children lost coverage

Published Apr. 15 2019

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is calling on the state to remedy TennCare problems after reports that 130,000 low-income Tennessee children...


New bill targeting conflicts of interest between hospitals, governing authorities could reshuffle Erlanger board

Published Apr. 9 2019

A bill targeting conflicts of interest between Tennessee's public hospitals and their governing bodies could upend the structure of Erlanger...

New Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society chief puts priority on healthier community

Published Apr. 8 2019

From volunteering and mentoring to patient and physician advocacy, Dr. Colleen Schmitt brings her passion for serving the medical community...

Parkridge East Hospital builds calm room free from blinking lights, chaotic noises for patients with sensory processing disorders

Published Apr. 5 2019

The time spent in a hospital emergency room can be stressful for anyone.

Gun violence in Chattanooga: Hope for the future

Published Apr. 3 2019

By reaching out to youth, programs aim to break cycle of violence

In its first year, Chattanooga's syringe exchange program has become about 'much more' than preventing infectious disease

Published Apr. 3 2019

A year after its inception, the region's only syringe exchange program revealed promising data in its effort to curb the...

Gun violence in Chattanooga: A 360 approach

Published Apr. 3 2019

From the hospital beside, to the schools, to the streets, public health strategies can help stop violence

Gun violence in Chattanooga: A public health issue

Published Apr. 1 2019

Firearm-related injuries cost patients, hospitals and taxpayers billions of dollars each year

Getting by with less: Financial planning is key for women, as gender gap often grows in retirement

Published Apr. 1 2019

Women today have more financial freedom than ever before yet still face economic obstacles that are distinct from men, and...

Gun violence in Chattanooga: Lives torn apart

Published Mar. 30 2019

Families left with emotional and financial toll of gun violence


Gun violence in Chattanooga: Cost of the crossfire

Published Mar. 30 2019

Why we researched the cost of gun violence

Doctor highlights importance of humanism to UT College of Medicine students

Published Mar. 29 2019

Modern physicians have more tools at their disposal than ever before, but Dr. Nancy Dickey told doctors in training from...

Treatment offers alternative for some breast cancer patients

Published Mar. 17 2019

Eleanor Adicks was convinced a better treatment option was out there when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but first...

Chattanooga doctor leads global movement to improve health care for people with intellectual disabilities

Published Mar. 13 2019

An estimated 200 million people worldwide are living with an intellectual disability, and Dr. Rick Rader's work this week at...

Paralyzed former football player inspires at Siskin luncheon [photos]

Published Mar. 5 2019

Chris Norton thought he had his life figured out, until a college football accident in fall 2010 left him paralyzed...

New report paints picture of Hamilton County's health, highlights disparities between white, black residents [document]

Published Mar. 4 2019

Hamilton County's 2019 "Picture of Our Health" report sparked much discussion Monday as it was revealed during the Regional Health...

Coppinger appoints Dr. Burns to Erlanger Board of Trustees

Published Feb. 27 2019

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger has appointed Dr. R. Phillip Burns of University Surgical Associates to the Erlanger Health System...

Preview of Hamilton County health report shows fewer teen pregnancies, more STDs and high crime rates

Published Feb. 27 2019

A preview of a new report from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department on Wednesday highlighted some key areas — teen...