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

Quick Spin: New Subaru Ascent enters 3-row SUV wars

Published Aug. 12 2018

Subaru needed this.

Kennedy: Nothing's as sweet as two stinking boys

Published Aug. 12 2018

Living with two boys is an exercise in stink management.

Test Drive: Toyota RAV4 Adventure a perfect fit for Chattanooga outdoor enthusiasts

Published Aug. 10 2018

Driving the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure crossover this week was like saying goodbye to an old friend.


Kennedy: Former McCallie 'Spiritual' now hopping with the Frogs

Published Aug. 9 2018

Please forgive Michael Brown's neighbors in Harrison if they think he's a little daffy.

Kennedy: There's no place like (a $100-million) home

Published Aug. 5 2018

I grew up in a duplex. Our four-person family occupied one side of a 1,392-square-foot, pre-World War II bungalow purchased...

Test Drive: New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross fills niche

Published Aug. 5 2018

For people of a certain age - say anyone over 40 - the Mitsubishi Eclipse name stirs fond memories of...

Test Drive: BMW i3S gets shot of adrenalin

Published Aug. 3 2018

Our 16-year-old son stopped to look at the BMW i3S in our driveway, and a puzzled look crossed his face.

Kennedy: Notre Dame class of '58 celebrates milestone

Published Aug. 2 2018

It's remarkable how the years melt away when members of the Notre Dame High School Class of 1958 gather for...

How It's Made: The Chattanooga Times Free Press

Published Aug. 1 2018

While you are sleeping, the giant five-story offset press inside the Times Free Press building on E. 11th Street in...

Kennedy: Tool time for boys

Published Jul. 29 2018

I've never been a big tool guy.

Test Drive: Amazing Cadillac CT6 drives itself on Chattanooga freeways

Published Jul. 29 2018

Let it be noted: At exactly 3:20 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018, I experienced true hands-free "driving" for the...

Test Drive: 2019 Kia Optima SX brings sleek, seductive model to mass market

Published Jul. 27 2018

If you are in a business career you're probably familiar with the acronym ROI, meaning "return on investment."

Kennedy: 30 things to do before you turn 30

Published Jul. 26 2018

Amy Donahue, 31, reached her late 20s with a gnawing sense of restlessness.

Test Drive: Mazda3 hatchback handles like a dream

Published Jul. 22 2018

Online: In the market for a new vehicle? To access more than 100 of Mark Kennedy's local Test Drive columns...

Kennedy: Summer camps make kids better people

Published Jul. 22 2018

I just read an essay by a university administrator with tips for preparing kids for college. One strategy jumped out....

Test Drive: Jaguar E-Pace prowls luxury SUV market

Published Jul. 20 2018

Basic SUV architecture makes auto designers drop their pencils and bury their faces in their hands. The requisite road-clearance makes...

Kennedy: Guilt-free 'adulting' at summer camp

Published Jul. 18 2018

Shawanda Mason-Moore, 35, can mix a mean cocktail, but she is stumped by the nuances of doing laundry.

Kennedy: Hooked on home delivery

Published Jul. 15 2018

We are an Amazon Prime family.

Test Drive: Toyota Corolla still solid, safe transportation

Published Jul. 13 2018

Toyota sold about 28,000 Corolla compact cars last month. That is an impressive number, but it's fewer than the 31,000-plus...

Kennedy: Doctors balance touch and technology

Published Jul. 12 2018

Personal story: Our two sons, ages 16 and 11, are losing their lifelong pediatrician, Dr. Max Bryant, who is retiring...