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.

State investigators determine Chattanooga Police Department did not violate standards in officer's death

Published Aug. 20 2019

Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration cleared the Chattanooga Police Department of any wrongdoing in the February death of officer...

Heritage Landing residents file lawsuit, say mold caused medical problems

Published Aug. 19 2019

Homeowners in the Heritage Landing subdivision are suing the condominium association, a property management company and subcontractors after suffering respiratory...

Kickstand Bicycles to host community block party in St. Elmo

Published Aug. 19 2019

Kickstand Bicycles will host a customer appreciation block party that's free and open to the public on Sunday.

I-24 West at standstill after tractor trailer overturns, spills battery acid on ridge cut

Published Aug. 18 2019

Traffic on I-24 West is at a standstill due to a tractor trailer that overturned on the ridge cut late...

Chattanooga-based Rock/Creek outfitters acquired for second time in 16 months

Published Aug. 15 2019

Rock/Creek outfitters was acquired for the second time in 16 months on Thursday as outdoor retailers make moves to re-establish...

Additional trail and path connectivity most important for future of Hamilton County parks, residents believe

Published Aug. 15 2019

Additional trail and pathway connectivity in Hamilton County is the most important need for the future of county parks, according...

Taste testing Asian carp: Effort to market the invasive fish for consumer consumption continues

Published Aug. 14 2019

Chef Tamie Cook stood outside the Tennessee Aquarium late Wednesday morning, frying Asian carp in a Dutch oven under a...

Chattanooga Red Wolves site developer temporarily halts construction after tip leads to state notice of violation

Published Aug. 13 2019

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued a notice of violation Monday to the out-of-state owners of the Chattanooga...

Fear grows over poisonous algae that kills dogs; no outbreaks in Tennessee, officials say

Published Aug. 13 2019

Tennessee dog owners who fear their pooches may be the next victims of algae poisoning can find hope in the...

First-grader opens bike cleaning shop along Virginia Avenue Greenway

Published Aug. 12 2019

So far, not many have come in its first few weeks, but the 6-year-old remains hopeful people will bring their...

Crowd demands gun reform, prays for victims in vigil at Miller Park

Published Aug. 11 2019

Concerned citizens, clergy members, activist groups and a politician held a prayer vigil to remember the victims of mass shootings...

Teenager injured in house fire on Lillian Lane

Published Aug. 11 2019

A teenager was taken to Erlanger Medical Center with first and second degree burns after a group of juvenile family...

One person in serious condition after boat collides with personal watercraft

Published Aug. 11 2019

A 30-year-old Georgia man is in serious but stable condition after a ski boat collided his personal water craft.

Curtis Ray Watson captured; man escaped from West Tennessee jail, allegedly killed corrections administrator

Published Aug. 11 2019

An escaped jail inmate who allegedly killed a Tennessee Department of Correction employee was captured Sunday, according to the Tennessee...

Focus remains on Kentucky, Tennessee in fight against Asian carp [photos, video]

Published Aug. 9 2019

Scores of fish jumped inside Western Kentucky's Barkley Lock near the Tennessee border west of Clarksville.

'There's magic that happens': Association of Zoos and Aquariums leader touts work by Tennessee Aquarium during Chattanooga visit

Published Aug. 8 2019

The role of zoos and aquariums in conservation is becoming more important as Earth faces catastrophic species decline and people...

Project at Savage Gulf State Natural Area leads work to restore Cumberland Plateau

Published Aug. 8 2019

A couple thousand acres of forested area have been cleared at Savage Gulf State Natural Area in Grundy County in...

Tennessee historian, Cumberland Trail manager Bobby Fulcher to receive nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts

Published Aug. 2 2019

Bob Fulcher has been on a victory tour of sorts.

Chattanooga area projects take center stage as National Fish and Wildlife Foundation conserves habitat on Cumberland Plateau

Published Jul. 30 2019

Projects in the greater Chattanooga area have taken lead roles this month in a national effort to conserve habitat on...

Jasper man drowns after boat takes on water at Bennett Lake access area

Published Jul. 30 2019

A Jasper man drowned Monday night at Bennett Lake access area off R.A. Griffith Highway in Marion County, Tennessee.