John Rawlston (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6697
John Rawlston is a staff photographer with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, where he has worked since the merger of Chattanooga's two daily newspapers in 1999. He worked as a staff photographer for the Chattanooga News-Free Press (later the Chattanooga Free Press) starting in 1976. Prior to that, he worked for a year as a sportswriter for the Cleveland Daily Banner in Cleveland, Tenn. John graduated from Soddy Daisy High School in 1971. He graduated with the first group of mass communications majors at Middle Tennessee State University in 1975. John was born in Tacoma, Wash., raised in Daisy, Tenn., and spent most of his adult life living in North Chattanooga. He is involved in the local music scene, has worked with the Nightfall concert series since 1990 and plays guitar in two local bands and with friends as often as he can. His photograph of a bystander holding the hand of a wreck victim trapped in an upside-down car was included in the National Press Photographers Association's "Best of Photojournalism/2002" book, and he won state awards for his photo project documenting the Chattanooga Lookouts final season at Engel Stadium. Contact john at 423-757-6693 or

Photos: Ambulance rear-ends car in East Ridge

Published Dec. 29 2015

Emergency workers remove Fort Oglethorpe resident Samantha Miller from her blue Nissan on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in East Ridge

Photo gallery: Christmas at the Courthouse

Published Dec. 3 2015

The 31st edition of Christmas at the Courthouse continues this week and next at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

Photos: No-Shave Nooga raises cancer awareness at Chattanooga Market

Published Nov. 24 2015

No-Shave Nooga is an event designed to evoke discussion about cancer and cancer research and to raise funds for Chattanooga...

Buskers entertain at Chattanooga Market

Published Oct. 25 2015

Buskers perform at Chattanooga Market's Buskers Festival on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015.

Chattanooga Pride Festival parades down Riverfront Parkway

Published Oct. 4 2015

People come together at the Chattanooga Pride Festival parade on Riverfront Parkway on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015., in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Photos: Tunnel Hill Civil War reenactment

Published Sep. 13 2015

Civil War enthusiasts reenact the Battle of Tunnel Hill as spectators watch.

Photos: Run of Honor benefit race

Published Sep. 6 2015

People participated in Run of Honor, an eight-kilometer race that began and ended at Finley Stadium and raised money for...

Photos: Hot Rod Auto Show at the Chattanooga Market

Published Aug. 30 2015

Folks gather at the Chattanooga Market to look at classic hot rods.

Moment: A team takes flight in Dunlap

Published Aug. 24 2015

DUNLAP, Tenn. -- St. Louis resident Lindsay Matush was a little girl when she first traveled to Dunlap for hang...

Photos: Chattanooga Strong parade honors servicemen, shows unity at Hamilton Place Mall

Published Aug. 16 2015

Well wishers came together at Hamilton Place Mall to honor Chattanooga's fallen heroes and to show unity Sunday, August, 16,...

Photos: Bald Headed Bistro in Cleveland wins FiveStar Food Fight

Published Aug. 9 2015

The Bald Headed Bistro in Cleveland, Tenn., wins FiveStar Food Fight at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.

Moment: Some like it hot, a lot

Published Jul. 13 2015

When the temperatures and humidity levels rise, most people reduce their strenuous activities.


Photos: Chattanooga Market's Ice Cream Social event

Published Jul. 12 2015

Friends and families enjoy the Ice Cream Social event at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday.

Photos: People enjoy the Peach Festival at the Chattanooga Market

Published Jul. 5 2015

Folks enjoy the annual Peach Festival at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Photos: Pops on the River at Coolidge Park

Published Jul. 4 2015

Follks enjoy Pops on the River at Coolidge Park on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chattanooga.

Photo gallery: Wednesday at Riverbend Festival

Published Jun. 11 2015

See our photographer's best images from Wednesday at Riverbend.

Photos: Riverbend Festival 2015 Day 3

Published Jun. 7 2015

Folks enjoy Chattanooga's River bend Festival.

Photos: Vapor gets in your eyes

Published Jun. 2 2015

Attendees reach for prizes thrown from the stage during Vapecon at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Sunday Chattanooga.

Photo: Dr. Corey Idrogo's dog uses a skateboard in Chattanooga

Published Jun. 2 2015

Dr. Corey Idrogo walks at Greenway Farm on Monday in Chattanooga with his dog, Nucky, who uses a skateboard.

Moment: Watching the wheel go round and round

Published Jun. 1 2015

It's a normal day inside the Coolidge Park Carousel building.