Joan McClane (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6601
Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming the newspaper's project editor, she covered business, higher education and the court system. But in recent years she has mostly focused on reporting investigative and narrative pieces on everything from gang culture to suicide to the child welfare system. And her work to highlight the issues facing those on the fringes of society has earned the paper national recognition. This year the Associated Press named McClane "Journalist of the Year" for the state of Tennessee, and in 2014 she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series she spearheaded on Chattanooga's unsolved murder rate and the no snitch culture of the inner city. She has received the national Casey Medal for writing about children and families and the national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her feature writing. She has also been a finalist for the Livingston Award for young journalists, the Dart Award for coverage of trauma and the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity. When she isn't chasing stories, she likes hosting friends and family at her home in Red bank and curling up on the couch for Netflix marathons with her husband, Matt, and 4-year-old rescue mutt named Gidget. Contact Joan at 423-757-6601 or

Trailblazer: Jim Johnson has big plans for his adoptive home town

Published Aug. 1 2018

Jim Johnson likes to tell people he was born in the wrong place.

Diane Black hopes old record, new friend give edge in governor race

Published Jun. 27 2018

On most issues relevant to the current political moment, Tennessee's 6th District Rep. Diane Black walks in step with President...

Chattanooga's United Way dramatically changes how it serves the community

Published Jun. 24 2018

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga is on its way to becoming quite unrecognizable, literally and figuratively.

New group wants to give citizens a louder voice in the development reshaping Chattanooga

Published Jun. 18 2018

A North Chattanooga man is helping organize the growing number of neighborhood leaders and residents concerned about local planning decisions.

Race, gender shape Chattanooga childrens' future earnings, national study warns

Published Jun. 10 2018

Racial disparities, in Chattanooga and across the country, remain a stubborn reality despite decades of private and public spending toward...

Public Assembly presents perspectives on divided America

Published May. 13 2018

Racial bias in public education, the power struggle between state and city governments, and the political woes of the white...

Music Profile: Chris Cobb

Published May. 7 2018

Chris Cobb grew up in a house where music was always playing.

Chattanooga citizens need more of a voice, community leaders argue

Published Apr. 25 2018

Too many Chattanoogans don't have a voice in local efforts related to development, education, affordable housing and economic mobility, said...

First Tennessee boosts lending to low- and moderate-income Chattanooga residents

Published Apr. 22 2018

Decades of banking bias have left many unfairly cut out of home ownership, local and national reports show, but one...

Firing of Chattanooga pastor draws locals into United Methodist fight over sexuality

Published Apr. 8 2018

Anna Golladay stumbled upon St. Marks for the second time during Holy Week, before Easter in 2012. It just...

In one East Chattanooga community, an effort to boost homeownership is underway [photos]

Published Mar. 25 2018

When Cora Lanier and her son, Jumaane, rallied their East Chattanooga neighborhood a few years ago and helped form the...

Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act, neighborhoods in Chattanooga are still segregated [photos]

Published Feb. 25 2018

Dr. Clark White was 10 years old when his father decided to buy their family a home.


Hundreds of women gather downtown to launch statewide policy agenda

Published Feb. 10 2018

Sexual harassment claims are rippling across the nation as the #MeToo movement continues to gain steam, but the momentum hasn't...

More growth is headed Chattanooga's way, but some residents have concerns

Published Feb. 4 2018

The aggressive, downtown growth agenda long pushed by Chattanooga leaders is becoming less palatable to a burgeoning number of residents,...

Groups set out to improve status of women

Published Feb. 1 2018

Several local women's groups, energized by the current political and cultural climate, are banding together in an effort to elevate...

Local report offers new strategy to curb predatory lending across Tennessee [document]

Published Dec. 31 2017

Tennessee is awash in predatory lenders who charge high interest rates for small, short-term loans, and those who oppose the...

Groups set out to improve status of local women

Published Dec. 31 2017

Several local women's groups, energized by the current political and cultural climate, are banding together in an effort to elevate...

Momentum growing to help Chattanooga's poor, working class gain voice

Published Dec. 27 2017

A collective of local churches, unions and community groups hoping to reshape local politics and draw attention to the needs...

Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga thrift store still awaiting repairs after crash

Published Dec. 25 2017

The Humane Educational Society is still waiting for the building that housed its lucrative thrift store, Deja Nu, to be...

Chattanooga Community Kitchen opens cold weather shelter

Published Dec. 18 2017

The Chattanooga Community Kitchen has opened its cold weather warming shelter and is working to protect the area's vulnerable homeless...