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 is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He has worked for the paper since Nov. 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 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 spent two years as the sports editor of the school paper, the Lee Clarion. He is from Dayton, Ohio.

Reports of illness at River Drifters Bar & Grill grows to 86; E. coli detected

Published Aug. 16 2018

The number of people who have reported illnesses after visiting River Drifters Bar & Grill has grown to 76 patrons...

Former Cheeburger Cheeburger owners' new restaurant suffers large illness outbreak

Published Aug. 15 2018

At least 47 people reported illnesses after visiting River Drifters Bar & Grill along Suck Creek Road in Chattanooga, according...

Tree now at center of development debate

Published Aug. 14 2018

A tall, old tree is at the center of a debate between Mountain Creek residents living near the old Quarry...


Local Rotary project provides water to thousands in Dominican Republic

Published Aug. 13 2018

Local Rotarians were struck by the hardship of Dominican Republic residents on their first trip to the country in 2012.

Plastic waste fills much of Chattanooga Creek

Published Aug. 12 2018

Plastic grocery bags line miles of Chattanooga Creek, caught high in trees like vines clinging to the limbs along the...

TVA opens Raccoon Mountain facility to public for first time since 9/11

Published Aug. 10 2018

A group of about 30 civilians traveled through the large metal gates barricading TVA's Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Facility.

Body of missing man found

Published Aug. 4 2018

A man is missing after slipping from a boat and not resurfacing at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

Status of dozens of endangered, threatened species being reviewed

Published Aug. 3 2018

Dozens of endangered and threatened species across the Southeast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will undergo five-year status reviews...

Yusuf Hakeem wins contested state House primary

Published Aug. 2 2018

Former Chattanooga councilman Yusuf Hakeem pulled away early to defeat four competitors in the Democratic primary for the state House...

American Lung Association warns against potential clean car standard deregulation

Published Aug. 1 2018

Local health leaders are warning a potential rollback of clean car standards put in place under the Obama administration will...

Chattanooga receives $40,000 for park improvements

Published Jul. 31 2018

Chattanooga's park planning efforts will get a $40,000 boost thanks to a grant from several private organizations.

Proposal would shrink red wolves' habitat, allow people to kill critically endangered species

Published Jul. 30 2018

A federal proposal would shrink the nation's only protected habitat for critically endangered red wolves by more than 85 percent...

Chattanooga Cycleboats leaves the city...for now

Published Jul. 26 2018

Chattanooga Cycleboats has left the city.

Collegedale bike parade to mark city's 50th anniversary

Published Jul. 26 2018

Collegedale, Tennessee, residents will parade through town on their bikes in costumes and decorations Saturday morning to celebrate the 50th...

Bike Chattanooga testing e-bike expansion

Published Jul. 25 2018

Chattanooga is testing a potential expansion of its bike share program.

Land acquisition to more than double size of Grundy County's Mountain Goat Trail

Published Jul. 24 2018

The Mountain Goat Trail through Grundy County, Tennessee, will more than double in size due to a new agreement between...

Chattanooga man inducted into Senior Olympic Hall of Fame

Published Jul. 23 2018

Local athlete John Disterdick will have a new title this year while traveling the world to compete in dozens of...

Vice President Mike Pence visits Chattanooga area [photos]

Published Jul. 21 2018

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Chattanooga area Saturday to tout President Donald Trump's tax policies before attending political events...

Tennessee releases proposed plan for Volkswagen settlement money [document]

Published Jul. 20 2018

State officials have released for public comment a plan to use money from a settlement with Volkswagen to reduce...

Fabien Cousteau visits Chattanooga area to support Tennessee Aquarium efforts

Published Jul. 19 2018

Fabien Cousteau sat on a stool along the bank of the Conasauga River in Polk County, Tennessee, Thursday morning.