Kevin Hardy (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6249
Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a Kansas Associated Collegiate Press First Place Award for series writing, a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for in-depth reporting, as well as a statewide education award for reporting on the school finance crisis in Kansas. Kevin is always open to hearing your story ideas or tips and can be reached at (423) 757-6249 or

Recovery from terror: Mom of stabbed Chattanooga teen testifies in attacker's Pittsburgh trial

Published Jun. 6 2015

The defense attorney had no questions for Allison Meadows or her mother.

Chattanooga native Andrew Exum hired at Pentagon

Published May. 28 2015

Chattanooga native Andrew Exum's resume was already impressive. He's a respected foreign policy scholar, the author of a book on...

Sacrifices remembered: City, nation take time to honor fallen heroes of America's wars

Published May. 26 2015

Alan Syler and his fellow Navy men were waiting for an overseas flight at Boston's Logan Airport in 1970 when...


Fire strikes home in Harrison

Published May. 25 2015

Firefighters responded to a residential fire this afternoon at 6019 Hillcrest Drive in the Highway 58 area.

Going for the green: Orange Grove seeks funding to grow recycling program

Published May. 25 2015

Orange Grove's recycling center is a constant hum of trucks, fork lifts, bailers and conveyor belts. Five days a week,...

Upgrades planned for Chattanooga Fire Department's Fire Station 5

Published May. 24 2015

Under an ongoing effort to update firefighting equipment, the Chattanooga Fire Department plans to soon put its last "tiller truck"...

Updated: Chattanooga Police ID man shot on Highway 58, charge Kia Key with attempted first degree murder

Published May. 23 2015

Chattanooga Police have identified the man shot on Highway 58 earlier today.

Only about 30 people attend Rick Smith's last public meeting to boost school funds

Published May. 18 2015

When it comes to running public schools in Hamilton County, principals are given the basics: teachers, a building, maintenance men,...

Northwest Georgia's combat vet Old West haven Fort Villanow opening to public

Published May. 15 2015

Fort Villanow, a volunteer-created haven for area combat veterans, opens to the public on Saturday.

Gov. Haslam says Chattanooga prayer breakfast unique among events

Published May. 6 2015

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam attends plenty of festivals, events and celebrations across the state. He's been to strawberry festivals, the...

Meet Chattanooga State finalists this week

Published May. 4 2015

Four finalists vying to be Chattanooga State's next president will visit campus this week to meet with faculty, staff, students...

Casey barge guardian now without a mission

Published May. 3 2015

This was the day Dave Eck had been waiting for. The day he thought would come, just not this soon....

And then there were four: Finalists for Chattanooga State president announced

Published Apr. 29 2015

The list of those vying to lead Chattanooga State Community College has been reduced from 70 applicants to four finalists.

Meet the four finalists vying to lead Chattanooga State

Published Apr. 28 2015

The Tennessee Board of Regents has named four finalists to lead Chattanooga State Community College.

Shotgun attack leaves 1 dead, 1 injured outside Collegedale Wal-Mart

Published Apr. 27 2015

Rolly Lagutin was bending down to put his 15-month-old grandson into a car seat Sunday when he heard the first...

Long-awaited raises ahead for Chatt State part-timers

Published Apr. 26 2015

The pay rate for Chattanooga State adjunct instructors hasn't changed since Kim McCormick first joined the college as a part-time...

Man who inspired 'Forrest Gump' story to speak at fundraiser

Published Apr. 22 2015

Nearly everyone can quote a line from the epic film, "Forrest Gump." "Life is like a box of chocolates." "Stupid...

Lamar Alexander's No Child Left Behind fix passes through committee

Published Apr. 16 2015

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators today ushered in a rewrite of the controversial set of federal education regulations known...

Catanzaro denied 'president emeritus' status

Published Apr. 11 2015

Former Chattanooga State Community College President Jim Catanzaro won't be returning to campus any time soon.

Six Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipients to be honored in Saturday ceremony

Published Apr. 10 2015

Six Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipients will be honored Saturday as the local Medal of Honor Heritage Trail continues...