Mariann Martin (Reporter)

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, Mariann served as editor for The Torch, a literary arts magazine that won two silver medals from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association during her tenure. After graduation, Mariann worked in business and private communications before taking her first job as a reporter in 2008 — a career choice that has changed her life. She has won several awards, including first place in daily deadline and business reporting from the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors contest, second place in features from the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors contest,first and second place in best spot news coverage from the Tennessee Press Association, third place in best news reporting from the Tennessee Press Association, and third place in best beat reporting from Best of Gannett. Mariann enjoys hiking, camping, weekend backpacking trips, gardening and running. She also reads (real) books in coffee shops, dawdles on Facebook, cooks and is addicted to food blogs. Contact Mariann at or at 706-980-5824.

Clinical trials grow in Chattanooga area

Published Sep. 11 2012

A device that retrieves blood clots from the brain after a stroke, radiation delivered immediately after surgery for breast cancer...

Family's love supports Chattanooga two-year-old in fight against kidney disease (with video)

Published Sep. 9 2012


Census shows drop in insured

Published Sep. 5 2012

From 2008 to 2010, the percentage of people with health insurance dropped in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, with Tennessee seeing...


Whistleblower says her complaint led to federal investigation of Memorial

Published Aug. 30 2012

A former Memorial Health Care System employee says she was fired after reporting fraud allegations to federal authorities months before...

Whooping cough cases increase dramatically in Hamilton County

Published Aug. 30 2012

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BlueCross, Memorial ink deal

Published Aug. 29 2012

A month after their negotiations failed, Memorial Health Care System and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced Tuesday they have reached...

Memorial, BlueCross reach network agreement

Published Aug. 28 2012

Memorial Health Care System and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have reached a new agreement, which means the Chattanooga hospital will...

Erlanger at Hutcheson moves into black - barely

Published Aug. 28 2012

After more than three years and millions of dollars in losses, Erlanger at Hutcheson reported its first profits in July.

Erlanger at Hutcheson reports a profit for July

Published Aug. 27 2012

For the first time in more than three years, Erlanger at Hutcheson made a profit in July, but reported consolidated...

Memorial Health Care System to pay $1.3 million

Published Aug. 24 2012

Memorial Health Care System will pay more than $1.3 million to settle claims it allowed two doctors to use space...

Erlanger starts its fiscal year in the red

Published Aug. 22 2012

2011 fiscal year

Erlanger begins fiscal year in the red

Published Aug. 21 2012

After losing millions last year, Erlanger Health System began their fiscal year in the red.

Medical costs keep climbing

Published Aug. 21 2012

Increasing dollar signs in health care can be found everywhere -- bigger hospitals bills, higher drug costs, a larger share...

Hospital readmissions low in Chattanooga area

Published Aug. 20 2012

Referral Number Average readmission

An apple every day

Published Aug. 19 2012

Bite into a fall apple in Georgia and chances are it was grown in the hills and valleys surrounding Ellijay.

Tennessee has lower rate of Medicaid acceptance than neighbor states

Published Aug. 19 2012

Percentage of U.S. office-based physicians accepting new Medicaid patients, 2011

Parkridge hospital launches electronic records system

Published Aug. 15 2012

Goodbye illegible physician's scrawl. Hello computer font.

Obesity rates 'far too high'

Published Aug. 14 2012

2011 adult obesity rate

Wilderness playground

Published Aug. 13 2012

You can't ignore past generations in present day Chatsworth.

More than carpet

Published Aug. 13 2012

Forget Dalton's stodgy nickname, "Carpet Capital of the World."