Katie Ward (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6900
E-mail: kward@tfpcommunitynews.com
Katie Ward began writing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2005. She primarily covers the Northwest Georgia territory, specifically Catoosa and Walker counties, for the Community News division, though she has covered just about every area for the weekly publications. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Shorter University in 2003, graduating with honors through the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society. She is also a 1999 graduate of Gordon Lee Memorial High School where she earned seven scholarships to attend Shorter. While working at her previous newspaper employer, News Publishing Company in Rome, Ga., she earned three Georgia Press Association Awards for feature stories on Mountain Cove Farms, the Buddhist temple in Chickamauga and the Kids 4 Christ nonprofit in LaFayette. Ward is a lifelong resident of Walker County.

Engage Rossville partners schools and churches to help each other

Published Jan. 18 2017

Engage Rossville leaders Tia Gitgood and Scott Harden are working to gather community resources to support alternative ways to keep...

Catoosa Citizens for Literacy celebrates successes

Published Jan. 11 2017

Catoosa Citizens for Literacy is celebrating several milestones, including two recent GED graduate students who both earned a $500 scholarship...

Mi casa, tu casa: Welcome Home creates inviting space

Published Dec. 28 2016

It may be Jai Cooper and Silas Campbell's first Christmas, but they're going all out.


Alydots graduates to permanent storefront in downtown Ringgold

Published Dec. 28 2016

A former stay-at-home mother with two sons, Alyson Tunnell has always enjoyed creating artistic things.

Haslerig Saddlery creates custom saddles by hand

Published Dec. 14 2016

While horses may be a fairly common sight in Northwest Georgia, saddle companies are not.

Emerson Russell moving his company into former Miller-Motte compound

Published Dec. 14 2016

Local entrepreneur Emerson Russell is moving his company from downtown Chattanooga to the former Miller-Motte campus this holiday season. The...

Family says 'I do' to farm renovations

Published Dec. 14 2016

That "one special day" for Aaron and Brittney Henry has turned into many special occasions for Aaron's parents, Michael and...

Ridgeland's Santa Claus: Senior pays it forward with toy drive

Published Dec. 14 2016

Ridgeland High School senior Matt Bonine knows what it's like to have nothing, but through the support of teachers and...

Local lands lead role in Chattanooga Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

Published Dec. 7 2016

Like many locals, Daley Culberson's Christmas season isn't complete without the Chattanooga Ballet's annual performances of "The Nutcracker" at the...

Local municipalities unwrap new and old Christmas traditions Dec. 10

Published Dec. 7 2016

Christmas is all about tradition, and one that features prominently in most celebrants' households is the tree.

Ringgold writer releases second historical fiction novel based on Catoosa County

Published Nov. 30 2016

Life in Ringgold in the 1950s was much different than today, and the Klu Klux Klan's influence in the area...

Battlefield Pharmacy offers home delivery

Published Nov. 23 2016

In need of a fast, friendly, knowledgeable pharmacist that hand-delivers prescription medications and meets with clients one-on-one? That's what Mike...


Walker County Chamber names Marilyn Ransom Citizen of Year

Published Nov. 23 2016

Marilyn Ransom dedicated her entire life to books, learning and teaching. And this year, Walker County recognized her efforts and...

Furever Fit Dog Walking and Pet Sitting offers unique service

Published Nov. 16 2016

Just like humans, dogs can experience stress, depression, pain and even post-traumatic stress disorder. That's where Victoria Priest comes in.

Helping Hands works to clean up northern end of Walker County

Published Nov. 16 2016

After hearing that unkempt properties were a major source of community concern, volunteers are fanning out in the Wilson Road...

Title 1 funding provides 100 new Chromebooks for Stone Creek students

Published Nov. 16 2016

Stone Creek Elementary School students will soon have access to 100 more Chromebook Flips, thanks to $30,000 of Title 1...

Bee-lievers: Boynton Backyard Bees buzzing to life in Rock Spring

Published Nov. 16 2016

With local attorney Doug Woodruff's career in full swing — he was recently appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to be...

LaFayette sees progress with blighted properties

Published Nov. 16 2016

Citizens and others passing through LaFayette may soon start to notice 'pride' signs.

Medley of Joy hosts benefit to help provide food for local students

Published Nov. 9 2016

Local group Medley of Joy is prepping for its second annual In Memory of Aaron Morgan Benefit Concert, being held...

Nov. 12 auction and dinner benefit local child battling cancer

Published Nov. 9 2016

Like many 9-year-olds, Jaiden Patten likes Captain America. So in his honor, T-shirts are on order that feature the Captain...