Mark Pace (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6659
Mark Pace covers the Chattanooga area's vibrant outdoors scene and environmental news for the Times Free Press. He was the recipient of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation's 2017 Conservation Communicator of the Year award and the 2018 Tennessee Associated Press award for best outdoors reporting. He also placed second for the Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Reporting and third for investigative journalism in the Green Eyeshade awards — which highlight the best reporting in the South — for stories uncovering a series of alleged rapes by a Chattanooga police officer. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and has worked for the paper since 2015. Previously, he was the lead reporter for the Jersey County Journal and Calhoun News-Herald in the greater St. Louis area where he won first place awards at the Illinois Press Association for best news reporting and best general news photo. He studied at the Washington Journalism Center and interned as a business and political reporter for The Washington Times. Mark graduated from Lee University in May 2015 with a degree in journalism. He is from Dayton, Ohio.

Chattanooga River Gorge Omnium 2019 cancelled; organizers vow to return in 2020

Published Jun. 26 2019

A popular three-day cycling event in Chattanooga has been cancelled after race directors struggled to meet rising costs and organize...

Hamilton County swapping land with Alstom developers, will add new Tennessee Riverwalk trailhead

Published Jun. 24 2019

Hamilton County purchased land at the former Alstom site in 2013 to extend the Tennessee Riverwalk from downtown Chattanooga to...

Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon becomes national championship event

Published Jun. 24 2019

The Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon became a national championship event this year as USA Triathlon brought its title race for Clydesdale...

George W. Bush visits Athens, Tenn.; marks first presidential visit to McMinn County since Ronald Reagan

Published Jun. 23 2019

Former President George W. Bush attended a private fundraising event for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday evening, marking...

Reflection Riding is leading the fight against invasive species, hoping you will join

Published Jun. 20 2019

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is leading a local fight against invasive species through an effort to rid the...

'It's old, but it still works': Annual bat count helps agencies monitor endangered population

Published Jun. 20 2019

Nearly 30 people gathered Wednesday evening outside a cave situated on Nickajack Lake.

Evi the bobcat recovering from wounds; nature center employees recall moments during frantic week

Published Jun. 18 2019

Evi's caretakers are thrilled to have the bobcat home, but their work isn't done. They have to nurture the animal...

The Gear Closet's Bonnaroo sale begins Wednesday

Published Jun. 18 2019

The annual Bonnaroo Clean Up Sale begins Wednesday at The Gear Closet on Riverside Drive.

Enterprise South Nature Park to add sought-after cycling trail thanks to anonymous donation

Published Jun. 17 2019

Enterprise South Nature Park will expand its road cycling trail network, adding a sought-after loop, thanks to an $850,000 anonymous...

Suspect who allegedly let bobcat loose from Chattanooga nature center identified, issued citation

Published Jun. 17 2019

The suspect who allegedly let a bobcat loose from the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center last week was charged...

Americans eat tens of thousands of microplastic particles a year, and that could have major implications for Tennessee Valley residents

Published Jun. 17 2019

Americans are eating a minimum of tens of thousands of particles of microplastics every year, according to a first-of-its-kind study...

63-year-old woman arrested with 50 pounds of marijuana, 23 pounds of THC oil in Hixson

Published Jun. 16 2019

A 63-year-old woman was arrested Friday while allegedly loading boxes of marijuana and THC oil into a vehicle in the...

Missing bobcat may be loose in Chattanooga forest

Published Jun. 13 2019

Evi the missing bobcat may be loose in the forest near Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center after would-be-thieves allegedly...

Lula Lake Land Trust launches music festival to celebrate 25th anniversary

Published Jun. 13 2019

Lula Lake Land Trust will put on a music festival in August to celebrate it 25 year anniversary.

Thieves steal bobcat from Chattanooga nature center; $500 reward offered for information

Published Jun. 12 2019

A bobcat was stolen from a Chattanooga nature center sometime after employees left Monday evening and before they returned Tuesday...

Teachers spend summer break learning about biology in Chattanooga area watersheds

Published Jun. 11 2019

Fourteen teachers from five states spent the beginning of their summer break doing the darter shuffle through the cool waters...

Rock/Creek wins The North Face's first national award for Specialty Retailer of the Year; winnings donated to Mountain Creek project

Published Jun. 10 2019

Rock/Creek is the recipient of a new national award created by outdoor gear and apparel company The North Face to...

Sewer project could pave way for permanent paddling access on South Chickamauga Creek

Published Jun. 4 2019

A makeshift gravel road leading to South Chickamauga Creek from Shallowford Road has temporarily given paddlers a long-sought-after put-in along...

Park advocates lead tour to highlight deferred maintenance at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Published Jun. 3 2019

A sign along a trail at the popular Point Park atop Lookout Mountain has faded, the sidewalk steps are beginning...

Armed Hixson man arrested after high-speed motorcycle chase

Published Jun. 2 2019

A man was apprehended after a high-speed motorcycle chase on Interstate 24 Sunday morning, according to Georgia State Patrol.