Karen Nazor Hill (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6396
E-mail: khill@timesfreepress.com
Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for a series on Alzheimers disease; a Tennessee Press Association second-place award for feature writing; a Chattanooga DAR Media Appreciation Award; and was voted a 2009 Best of the Best columnist. Karen represented the newspaper as a member of the first adult class to graduate from Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Her hobbies include painting folk art portraits of John Lennon and Chihuahuas. Contact Karen at 423-757-6396 or khill@timesfreepress.com.

Grand Thoughts: Start of school gives stay-at-home grandmother a break

Published Aug. 23 2019

The most gratifying aspect of my retirement is spending time with my grandchildren. In fact, it was the catalyst for...

Grand Thoughts: Grandson charts his own course in the pool

Published Jul. 19 2019

The 2019 Chattanooga Area Swim League summer season came to an end last weekend.

Grand Thoughts: What do you mean my 12-year-old granddaughter is flying cross-country alone?

Published Jun. 16 2019

Being a parent is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, responsibilities a person experiences.


Grand Thoughts: Oldest grandchild is my mirror image in looks, interests

Published Mar. 3 2019

My granddaughter, Tilleigh, 12, recently gave me the biggest compliment I've ever received.

Grand Thoughts: The acting bug bites the grandkids

Published Feb. 10 2019

Seven years and a dozen or so plays later, my granddaughter, Tilleigh, 12, is a bona fide actress.

Grand Thoughts: Making memories at a Dirty Santa gift swap

Published Jan. 13 2019

Though Christmas 2018 is history, the memories are here to stay.

Grand Thoughts: Attention span swiped by devices

Published Nov. 5 2018

Imagine my shock when recently reading a hardback book, I swiped a page instead of turning it.

Grand Thoughts: When kids are sick, love has healing power

Published Oct. 8 2018

This may sound weird, but it's true: My grown children have fond memories of being sick during their childhoods. Not...

H by Halston designer Cameron Silver unpacks vintage fashion show in Chattanooga

Published Sep. 17 2018

A world-renowned fashion expert promises a chance for Chattanooga-area women to play dress-up when he visits here Wednesday.

Grand Thoughts: Multiple generations of maternal guilt

Published Sep. 3 2018

Guilt. It's something most every parent feels at one time or another.

Grand Thoughts: In the swim of things, even from the sidelines

Published Aug. 6 2018

Summer is over, and it's back to school for area students, including my grandchildren, Tilleigh, 11, Evie, 8, and William,...

Grand Thoughts: Travel adventure with the grandkids is about to start

Published Jul. 1 2018

My husband, Hank, and I are getting ready to do something we've never done: take our grandchildren on vacation, without...


Cosmetic improvements: New makeup products, timely tips for putting your best face forward

Published Jun. 4 2018

Face it. Cosmetics can be as trendy as fashion.

Grand Thoughts: Grandkids make me sentimental

Published Jun. 4 2018

I've always been emotional, but since my grandchildren were born, sometimes I feel like I've morphed into a blubbering baby.

Grand Thoughts: Granddaughter finds the joy in friendship and kindness

Published May. 7 2018

One of the hardest yet rewarding things to do in life is to raise children.

Grand Thoughts: Looking for answers to gun violence

Published Apr. 2 2018

On March 28, CNN reported that so far this year there have been 17 shootings at schools in America that...

Grand Thoughts: How should we talk to kids about gun violence?

Published Mar. 5 2018

I am at a loss. I honestly don't know how to discuss gun violence with my grandchildren. I don't want...

Grand Thoughts: Drive time puts me in the swim of things

Published Feb. 5 2018

One of the highlights of my retirement is the flexibility I have in helping my daughter, Kacee, a single mom...

Music, laughter, family make it a Christmas to remember

Published Dec. 31 2017

My grandchildren celebrated their best Christmas ever last week.

Dressed to party: Look for understated glamour in holiday fashions

Published Dec. 11 2017

Glitz and glamour are synonymous with holiday fashions, and designers today tailor these festive styles to women of all ages...