Mark Kennedy (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6645
Mark Kennedy is an editor and columnist whose work appears in several sections of the Times Free Press. His human interest column "Life Stories" appears each Thursday in the City section. He also writes the "Test Drive" automotive column in the Saturday Business section and the "Family Life" column in the Sunday Life section. He is assistant editor of the Edge business magazine. Kennedy has won the Tennessee Press Association's first-place award for column writing six times, and is also a five-time winner of the newspaper's Best of the Best contest in the columnist/reporter category. He has also been the newspaper's features editor, Sunday editor and opinion editor. Before the merger of Chattanooga's two newspapers in 1998, he was the coordinating editor of the Chattanooga Times. Kennedy lives on Signal Mountain with his wife and two sons. Contact Mark Kennedy at or 423-757-6645. Follow him on Twitter @TFPCOLUMNIST. Subscribe to his Facebook updates at

Kennedy: 20th century 'survivors' provide comfort

Published Dec. 9 2018

In the antique car world, autos that have not been repainted or mechanically altered are called "survivors."

Test Drive: Jeep Wrangler, an American icon

Published Dec. 9 2018

The most iconic model in the Jeep lineup is the beloved Wrangler, which brings to mind every World War II...

Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Sienna remains a hidden treasure

Published Dec. 7 2018

Minivans have fallen victim to the whims of fashion.

Kennedy: From rattan hut to Johns Hopkins Ph.D.

Published Dec. 6 2018

Hey, Signal Mountain 20-somethings. Remember that "Desta" kid from high school? You know, that exchange student from Africa who ran...

Kennedy: 'Mania-cure' and other simple gifts

Published Dec. 2 2018

Before the Thanksgiving turkey even got cold at our house, talk had turned to Christmas.

Local MBA student representing state as Miss Tennessee

Published Dec. 1 2018

Miss Tennessee Christine Williamson knows what it takes to run a family business.

New Volkswagen Jetta, smooth skin, better bones

Published Dec. 1 2018

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Kennedy: Homeless with a house plant

Published Nov. 29 2018

When Susan Grant separated from her then-husband in Virginia in 1990, she took with her, among other things, a potted...

Kennedy: Grandparents' guide to stocking stuffers

Published Nov. 25 2018

Let's say you've got a tribe of grandkids.

Test Drive: Massive GMC Yukon XL is king of the road

Published Nov. 23 2018

When the Onyx Black GMC Yukon XL arrived in the Times Free Press parking lot a few days ago, some...

Kennedy: Backpacks for the homeless change lives

Published Nov. 21 2018

Bill Ownbey, 61, works at a candy factory. He does shift work at Wrigley Manufacturing Co. on Jersey Pike, operating...

Test Drive: Volkswagen Golf GTI seems practically perfect

Published Nov. 17 2018

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Kennedy: D-Day veterans find kinship after 74 years

Published Nov. 15 2018

James "Richard" Yarbrough, a 93-year-old retired salesman, was reading his Sunday newspaper earlier this week in Chickamauga, Georgia, when he...

Kennedy: Keep it simple, stupid

Published Nov. 14 2018

For me, turning 60 has been a clarifying experience.

Kennedy: Bald tires and other fatherly worries

Published Nov. 11 2018

Dads worry about the craziest stuff. For example: tire tread.

Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50 blends muscle with head-turning good looks

Published Nov. 9 2018

After driving several competent, but ho-hum, SUVs recently, the all-new 2019 Infiniti QX50 was a sight for bored eyes.

Kennedy: Ridgeland High senior creates new event for Special Olympics

Published Nov. 8 2018

At first, it sounded like a heavy lift.

Kennedy: Look both ways before you vote

Published Nov. 5 2018

I voted.

D-Day veteran recalls chaos of Omaha Beach

Published Nov. 4 2018

As a 19-year-old Army private on D-Day during World War II, Russell Pickett remembers being huddled in the back of...

Test Drive: 2019 Buick Envision gets facelift and slick new transmission

Published Nov. 2 2018

With a budget of about $50,000, you'd expect a five-passenger crossover to have several layers of luxury — a blingy...