Mark Wiedmer (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6390
Mark Wiedmer started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Valentine's Day of 1983. At the time, he had to get an advance from his boss to buy a Valentine gift for his wife. Mark was hired as a graphic artist but quickly moved to sports, where he oversaw prep football for a time, won the "Pick' em" box in 1985 and took over the UTC basketball beat the following year. By 1990, he was the newspaper's lead sports columnist, a title he still holds today after a couple of Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year awards and a box full of other honors. He joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Mark hails from Hopkinsville, Ky., and graduated from Centre College. Contact Mark at 423-757-6273. or

Wiedmer: Dakota Hudson helping St. Louis stay in playoff hunt

Published Sep. 19 2018

The first time Dakota Hudson and his family left their Sequatchie County home to attend an Atlanta Braves game, he...

Wiedmer: Can Vols fly Air Canada to victory against Gators?

Published Sep. 18 2018

Air Canada.

Wiedmer: Drive, Chip & Putt is golf at its best

Published Sep. 17 2018

Everything about Drive, Chip & Putt competition is awesome if you ask Honors Course head pro Henrik Simonsen.


Texan grabs big lead in Women's Flying Scot NAC Regatta

Published Sep. 16 2018

Mary Anne Hopper couldn't have had a better first day at the Women's Flying Scot North American Championships Regatta at...

Wiedmer: Pruitt knows Vols' real football season begins against Florida

Published Sep. 15 2018

The Vols tuned up for SEC play by winning, even if it wasn't always exciting.

Wiedmer: Mocs still savoring a win to remember

Published Sep. 12 2018

The hour nearing midnight, his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team eagerly awaiting his belated arrival on the bus...

Wiedmer: Two games along, Jeremy Pruitt hire looks smarter by the day

Published Sep. 11 2018

Admittedly, two games is a ridiculously small sample size from which to judge a coaching hire.

Wiedmer: Of Mocs, Serena and a terrible start for Titans' Vrabel

Published Sep. 10 2018

How much you enjoyed many of the weekend's sports moments probably depended on whether or not your rooting interests won...

Wiedmer: ETSU may not be WVU, but Tennessee looked better

Published Sep. 9 2018

It was certainly a better ending than a week ago.

Vols notes: Randy Sanders' return to Neyland 'kind of a big deal'

Published Sep. 9 2018

A special moment distracted the opposing coach at Neyland Stadium on Saturday

Wiedmer: Sadly, Roger Federer finally is acting his age

Published Sep. 5 2018

This was supposed to be the night everyone who cares about professional men's tennis couldn't wait to arrive.

Wiedmer: Jeremy Pruitt had toughest debut opponent in Vols history

Published Sep. 4 2018

Until Jeremy Pruitt lost his first game as Tennessee's football coach this past Saturday against No. 17 West Virginia, the...


Wiedmer: ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit shows there's more to life than work

Published Sep. 3 2018

Most of us think we'd like to have ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit's life this time of year.

Wiedmer: Bad start for Jeremy Pruitt may still lead to good finish for Vols

Published Sep. 2 2018

Tennessee fans learned something about what a Jeremy Pruitt-coached team will be like.

McCallie loses seven turnovers in 34-14 loss to MBA [photos]

Published Sep. 1 2018

The Spears Stadium scoreboard showing Montgomery Bell Academy 34, McCallie 14, Blue Tornado football coach Ralph Potter could only shake...

Wiedmer: Mocs show big improvement from a year ago

Published Aug. 31 2018

It's doubtful the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team is going to vault into any top 25 poll based...

Wiedmer: Mocs eager to face TTU, put 2017 behind them

Published Aug. 29 2018

For the first time all summer, Bingo Morton found sleep hard to come by Monday night.

Wiedmer: Vols football is finally back to basics

Published Aug. 28 2018

Perhaps no current University of Tennessee football player has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of the past...

Wiedmer: When will there be no more Jacksonvilles?

Published Aug. 27 2018

Surely your first thoughts were the same as mine: Not again. Oh, please, not again.

Wiedmer: It's good to have Mike Stephens string you along

Published Aug. 26 2018

Sometime around 7 this morning, Soddy-Daisy resident Mike Stephens will enter the gates of the USTA Billie Jean King National...