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: Revisiting Taiwan, with vigor

Published Oct. 14 2018

At 60, I'm finally ready for college.

Test Drive: Volkswagen's 2018 Tiguan SUV is bigger and better

Published Oct. 12 2018

When Volkswagen redesigned the Tiguan small SUV for 2018, it missed a good opportunity to change the name.

Kennedy: A digital buried treasure

Published Oct. 7 2018

Today, a gift.

Test Drive: 2019 BMW X4 blends form and function

Published Oct. 5 2018

The ascendancy of crossovers has spawned a number of "half-way" vehicles for those buyers who don't want a full-on SUV...

Kennedy: Oral history project spotlights Chattanooga women

Published Oct. 4 2018

For a generation of young people who came of age using Snapchat — the digital equivalent of disappearing ink —...

Made in Chattanooga: Eight brands are forever linked to the region

Published Oct. 1 2018

Long before Chattanooga had an official "innovation district" the city and region incubated some of America's most iconic product brands.

Kennedy: From the boob tube to YouTube

Published Sep. 30 2018

Smile if you know the name "Mr. Green Jeans."

Test Drive: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid gets 55 mpg

Published Sep. 30 2018

The 2018 Ioniq Hybrid Limited is a very cool car.

Test Drive: Chattanooga-made VW Atlas continues to pile-up accolades

Published Sep. 28 2018

The seven-passenger Atlas also has earned a 5-star safety rating. Importantly, it has also been embraced by VW customers, with...

Kennedy: Vietnam vets get 'welcome home' after 50 years

Published Sep. 27 2018

For the men of the United States Army's A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery unit, the late 1960s in...

Kennedy: Great Danes, toilet paper and the onset of aging

Published Sep. 23 2018

You don't just wake up one morning and feel old.

Test Drive: Toyota Camry XSE is not your Aunt Bessie's sedan

Published Sep. 21 2018

I'm not sure what's more surprising: that this week's Toyota Camry tester boasts over 300 horsepower or that it has...


Kennedy: A bird in the hand ... is priceless

Published Sep. 20 2018

Only about four inches long and weighing less than an ounce, tree swallows are delicate creatures.

Kennedy: Boys' hair has different roots

Published Sep. 16 2018

Last Sunday, I climbed the stairs to see what our two sons were up to.

Test Drive: All-new Ram 1500 Laramie pickup drives like a dream

Published Sep. 14 2018

When you think of a half-ton pickup truck, several adjectives jump to mind: rugged, solid, safe.

Kennedy: Fly fishing as a doorway to spiritual discovery

Published Sep. 12 2018

The thought that fishing can be good for one's mental health is an article of faith among anglers.

Kennedy: 'Edit your life' is good advice

Published Sep. 9 2018

I was watching a documentary on University of Alabama football the other night when I was struck by a quote.

Test Drive: Hot Wheels Edition Camaro aimed at baby boomers

Published Sep. 9 2018

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Test Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid a smooth operator

Published Sep. 7 2018

In a sign of the times, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid models are being deeply discounted while Honda Pilot mid-size SUVs...

Kennedy: A fish tale you can believe

Published Sep. 5 2018

Here's a fishing story.