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: UTC men shouldn't be this good, but they are

Published Jan. 20 2019

The highly respectable crowd of 4,229 had long ago left McKenzie Arena to navigate another soggy Saturday night in the...

McCallie's Dr Pepper TEN Classic could have most future NBA players ever

Published Jan. 17 2019

Former McCallie School basketball coach John Shulman posed the question Wednesday morning: "Who's the next NBA player you'll see at...

Wiedmer: Vols look more like a No. 1 each time out

Published Jan. 16 2019

How accustomed to not only winning but winning big have Tennessee's basketball fans become this winter?


Wiedmer: Is Duke only team good enough to stop UT from winning it all?

Published Jan. 15 2019

Check the latest Associated Press men's college basketball rankings this morning and you'll see the top three spots — No....

Wiedmer: AFC, NFC title games could be must-see TV

Published Jan. 14 2019

Could next Sunday become the best NFL conference championship round ever?

Wiedmer: After tough start, UTC women's basketball team starting to click

Published Jan. 13 2019

A tough nonconference schedule has prepared the UTC women's basketball team for the second half of the season.

Wiedmer: Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt makes a very bright hire by bringing back Jim Chaney

Published Jan. 10 2019

The Tennessee Vols helped themselves and hurt the Georgia Bulldogs by bringing back Jim Chaney.

Wiedmer: As great as Clemson looks, history says next season belongs to Bama

Published Jan. 9 2019

It was getting late in Monday night's College Football Playoff title game, the outcome long ago decided, when Clemson defensive...

Wiedmer: NCAA allowing Justin Fields to play immediately at Ohio State would be egregious behavior

Published Jan. 8 2019

Until a year ago today rolled into Jan. 9, it would have been hard to find a giddier college football...

Wiedmer: Clemson's Nolan Turner worth rooting for tonight

Published Jan. 7 2019

Maybe Clemson defensive back Nolan Turner will make the play that decides tonight's College Football Playoff championship game.

Wiedmer: Kyle Alexander is UT's secret weapon for basketball success

Published Jan. 6 2019

And you thought Bevo against Uga was a mismatch at the Sugar Bowl.

Rusty Wright thrilled to have Jacob Huesman join UTC staff

Published Jan. 5 2019

New UTC football coach Rusty Wright admitted Friday he didn't need much time or research to select his tight ends...

Wiedmer: Bowls prove that ACC and SEC are more than Clemson and Bama

Published Jan. 2 2019

As these words are being written, the Sugar Bowl between Georgia and Texas has yet to begin.

Wiedmer: Southern Scuffle is 'best of the best' in collegiate wrestling

Published Jan. 1 2019

As Monday afternoon morphed into Monday evening at McKenzie Arena, Conner Ward was working about as hard as a 141-pound...

Wiedmer: If nothing else, these Titans don't go down easy

Published Dec. 31 2018

No pro football team wants to go into any game without its starting QB, and this wasn't just any game.

Wiedmer: Helping Bethel Bible Village a great way to ring in the new year

Published Dec. 30 2018

The song came over my car radio a few days ago. It was Pat Boone smoothly singing "Joy to the...

Wiedmer: McCallie alum Morris Thuku offers Christmas lesson for us all

Published Dec. 24 2018

Morris Thuku's wife, the mother of his three young children, is named Mercy.

Wiedmer: UTC makes the Wright hire for football

Published Dec. 23 2018

UTC's best football coaches have always strongly embraced Chattanooga

Wiedmer: Will gambling revenue ultimately prove a vice or a virtue?

Published Dec. 18 2018

For the vast majority of their still-young lives, my daughters — ages 14 and 12 — have somewhat fairly considered...

Wiedmer: Mother Nature could carry the Titans far in the playoffs

Published Dec. 17 2018

If the Tennessee Titans make the playoffs, Titans Nation should hope for rain. Maybe sleet. Even snow.