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: Tennessee Wesleyan's World Series berth only the second-best Bulldogs story

Published May. 25 2019

It all started last September.

Wiedmer: Sunbelt Bakery Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga was full of worthy weekend warriors

Published May. 20 2019

Until 8:39 Sunday morning, Chris Watson had rarely put much more than a big toe into an open-water venue.

Wiedmer: John Shulman back where he needs to be, thanks to UAH

Published May. 19 2019

John Shulman believed his coaching days were behind him for good.

Wiedmer: Corey Levin's third Titans season should become his best

Published May. 15 2019

Miranda Beene, her son Tripp Stewart and her mother Kimberly Duplissey arrived at Academy Sports and Outdoors at Hamilton Place...

Wiedmer: Softball could start a run of UTC SoCon championships

Published May. 14 2019

The calendar said it was early, early January.

Wiedmer: Red Bank's Ryan Pate an example of remarkable determination and medical magic

Published May. 13 2019

Every kid who's ever slipped on a pair of shoulder pads and buckled the chin strap on a football helmet...

Wiedmer: As long as the Warriors have Steph Curry, the NBA title goes through Golden State

Published May. 13 2019

A message would seem in order for all those internet losers who have been bashing Golden State guard Stephen Curry.

Wiedmer: UTC soccer coach Gavin McKinney and family cherish this Mother's Day more than most

Published May. 12 2019

In some ways, this Mother's Day will be pretty much the same as it always has been at the Gavin...

Wiedmer: Ray Rodgers bring long history in boxing to National Golden Gloves tournament in Chattanooga

Published May. 9 2019

If Ray Rodgers' life needed a soundtrack, it almost assuredly would be Johnny Cash singing "I've Been Everywhere."

Wiedmer: If only Sherman Smith had told the rest of the story

Published May. 7 2019

In the newspaper business, we call it "burying the lead."

Wiedmer: Baylor's Jackson Powell is as good as it gets at lifting heavy stuff [video]

Published May. 7 2019

If you've been frequenting social media websites the last few days, you may already know about the incredible weightlifting feats...

Wiedmer: Kentucky Derby result just one more problem the thoroughbred racing industry doesn't need

Published May. 6 2019

Almost immediately, the determination of whether this historic finish was good or bad for the sport began to unfold from...

Wiedmer: Peyton Manning and Andy Roddick joining Sweetens Cove ownership group is a financial hole-in-one

Published May. 5 2019

One month and one day ago today, Rob Collins was wrapping up an afternoon of golf at his Sweetens Cove...

Wiedmer: UTC athletics needs Porky's Open now more than ever

Published Apr. 30 2019

They came to Council Fire as they have for years on Tuesday afternoon, many of them dressed in University of...

Wiedmer: Signal Mountain's Gene Rice a horseman through and through

Published Apr. 29 2019

With his first day walking around Churchill Downs as part-owner of Kentucky Oaks entry Champagne Anyone almost done Monday afternoon,...

Wiedmer: Mocs Nation lost true legend in John Green

Published Apr. 29 2019

Around the Scenic City, they'll always talk about the performance John Green turned in against the University of Tennessee on...

Wiedmer: As always, Area 4 Special Olympics meet a 'glitterful' success

Published Apr. 28 2019

They come from all over Hamilton County each spring to gather for their special moment, weather permitting, in the sun.

Wiedmer: Phillip Fulmer presiding over a UT athletic department on the rise

Published Apr. 23 2019

If you check the Southeastern Conference baseball standings today you'll find Tony Vitello's Tennessee Volunteers ranked No. 18 nationally and...

Wiedmer: If Braves reach the playoffs, comeback win at Cleveland may have been the key

Published Apr. 22 2019

When the Atlanta Braves continue their seven-game road trip to Ohio Tuesday by visiting Cincinnati, they'll do so with a...

Wiedmer: Without LeBron, NBA playoffs have lots of storylines

Published Apr. 22 2019

These NBA playoffs are already remarkably different from the 13 straight that came before them because of the absence of...