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

City of Chattanooga backs away from behind-the-scenes plans to sell Glenwood Recreation Center

Published May. 16 2019

Glenwood and East Chattanooga residents enjoyed a political victory this week after inundating city staff with requests to back off...

Chattanooga's plans to move Glenwood Rec met with harsh opposition at community meeting

Published May. 12 2019

Don't close the Glenwood Recreation Center.

City of Chattanooga eyeing sale of Glenwood Recreation Center to Notre Dame High School

Published May. 1 2019

East Chattanooga neighborhood leaders spent Wednesday miffed and confused after hearing at a meeting this week that the city of...


A front-row seat to Chattanooga's growing festival scene

Published Apr. 28 2019

Chattanooga's festival scene is growing rapidly thanks to the city's growth, its proximity to other major cities, and the current...

The power of placemaking: The impact of public art goes beyond the obvious

Published Apr. 28 2019

The opportunities cities promise have almost always drawn very different people together. These tensions have no doubt birthed tragic histories....

Urbanist coming to Chattanooga to speak about potential solutions to affordable housing crisis

Published Apr. 15 2019

Urbanist Karen Kubey will speak at an free and open event at the Camp House Tuesday night about potential solutions...

Conservative think tank Hamilton Flourishing launched to help nudge Chattanooga area public policy toward right

Published Apr. 14 2019

Frustrations over a shrinking middle class and stalled economic mobility, paired with the antagonistic instincts of social media, are fueling...

New coalition putting pressure on Chattanooga City Council not to support sale of Tubman public housing site

Published Mar. 10 2019

Nearly a hundred people gathered in East Chattanooga on Saturday - despite rain and fog - to launch a grassroots...

Meeting scheduled Saturday to show Chattanooga residents how to make sure business tax incentives also benefit communities

Published Mar. 7 2019

A collection of seven community organizations will host a town hall Saturday to educate local residents on how neighborhoods and...

Chattanooga's Community Foundation finding a new approach for its philanthropic efforts

Published Feb. 3 2019

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga has long been the forgotten younger sibling among the city's nationally known philanthropic heavyweights,...

City-backed community planning process for East Chattanooga, long delayed, back on track

Published Jan. 27 2019

Nearly 100 people gathered Saturday morning at the Kingdom Center downtown to envision the future of East Chattanooga, from the...

Report: Chattanooga's development boom is pushing out its black residents

Published Jan. 16 2019

The last 20 years of renaissance-sparked development in and around Chattanooga's downtown has displaced 2,592 African-Americans and ushered in "radical...

East Chattanooga residents sound off on roads, housing, disregard for predominantly black neighborhoods

Published Nov. 19 2018

Horrible roads. High taxes. A severe lack of affordable housing. Speculative real estate purchases left vacant and drawing crime. A...

Is Chattanooga falling behind on its growth forecast?

Published Nov. 18 2018

Chattanooga's image is important business, and big money has been spent selling the Scenic City as a hot market to...

Chattanooga officials want Tubman site rezoned, residents caution not so fast

Published Oct. 14 2018

After several years of relative silence, the city of Chattanooga is quietly beginning to tell neighborhood leaders its long-term plans...

Chattanooga turns again to visioning process to chart its course

Published Oct. 2 2018

City leaders say Chattanooga needs a new economic vision.

Recognizing the people who put the 'care' in Chattanooga area health care

Published Sep. 1 2018

Chattanooga is home to Tennessee's biggest health insurer, the world's biggest disability insurer, a half dozen nursing and medical colleges...

A bedside manner second to none: Dr. Peter Boehm Sr.

Published Sep. 1 2018

For decades, Dr. Peter Boehm Sr. has brought a consistent calm to high-stakes operations involving the brain and spine in...

Federal bill aims to boost troubled Chattanooga neighborhoods

Published Aug. 26 2018

Seven Hamilton County census tracts have been selected to participate in an evolving and little understood economic development program, which...

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.