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: Apologies not enough in Maryland football player's death

Published Aug. 15 2018

When are we going to accept that football is a game? Nothing more. Nothing less. It's not war. It shouldn't...

Wiedmer: Braves give Howard baseball team a day to remember forever

Published Aug. 14 2018

At 9:05 Monday morning, a Premier charter bus filled with Howard Hustlin' Tigers baseball players pulled away from the high...

Wiedmer: Tiger or no Tiger, Brooks Koepka may be golf's next big thing

Published Aug. 13 2018

If you only watched Tiger Woods on Sunday, you missed a great show.

Wiedmer: Mary Tinkler was the backbone of the Mocs for 28 years

Published Aug. 12 2018

Mary Tinkler's influence was strong and wide.

Wiedmer: Baylor's Brendon Harris part of Vanderbilt's bright football future

Published Aug. 9 2018

Like most coaches of major college football programs, especially those in the Southeastern Conference, Vanderbilt's Derek Mason prefers his true...

Wiedmer: When a hug is more than a hug

Published Aug. 8 2018

First-year Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel easily could have been forgiven if he had bypassed fans and media alike on...

Wiedmer: 'Too Tall Small' could throw UTC basketball foes a curve or two

Published Aug. 7 2018

For most major college basketball players, being asked to throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game...

Wiedmer: Jerry Kramer had more right to be mad at the Hall of Fame than T.O.

Published Aug. 6 2018

The 2018 Hall of Fame class's longest and greatest injustice wasn't Terrell Owens waiting three years for induction.

Wiedmer: Terrell Owens goes into Pro Football Hall of Fame his way

Published Aug. 5 2018

When he was finally selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his third try, Terrell Owens had other...

Wiedmer: Vols assistant Chris Rumph has priorities in order

Published Aug. 3 2018

Rarely has any coach at any level better said what Chris Rumph did concerning every coach's responsibility to the young...

Wiedmer: 'Mr. Billy' was godfather of Chattanooga swimming and much, much more

Published Aug. 1 2018

His health beginning to fail over the past year or so, Bill Caulkins occasionally would lose his balance and tumble...

Wiedmer: Channel 3's Paul Shahen ready to share stories on radio too long to tell on TV

Published Jul. 31 2018

You'd think WRCB television sports anchor Paul Shahen would have enough on his plate these days without adding to his...

Wiedmer: Chipper Jones handled his Hall of Fame speech as easily as he always did the Mets

Published Jul. 30 2018

The story came fairly early in Chipper Jones' 21-minute speech Sunday afternoon during his induction into the Baseball Hall of...

Wiedmer: GPS AD Jay Watts ready to coach Poland's women's lacrosse team

Published Jul. 29 2018

Ever been to Poland? Neither has Jay Watts.

GPS hires Janna Eichelberger as basketball coach

Published Jul. 29 2018

Janna Eichelberger is leaving her position as director of men's basketball operations at Tennessee State University to come to Chattanooga.

Wiedmer: Fair or not, Falcons need Julio Jones if they're to be great

Published Jul. 26 2018

It seems everyone wants to choose sides in the Julio Jones-Atlanta Falcons contract stalemate. And that's completely understandable.

Wiedmer: Academic stats show Arth has UTC football on right track

Published Jul. 25 2018

It's easy to read the news that University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore quarterback Cole Copeland has been suspended for...

Wiedmer: Red Bank football reunion will celebrate Tom Weathers and much more

Published Jul. 22 2018

Though former Red Bank High School football coach Tom Weathers' memory isn't always what it used to be, he still...

Wiedmer: Is it time to add Novak Djokovic to GOAT discussion?

Published Jul. 16 2018

What if this argument about deciding the GOAT - Greatest Of All Time - of professional tennis needs to include...

Wiedmer: Could CTE ever kill college football as we know it today?

Published Jul. 15 2018

It's football time in Tennessee. And Alabama. And Georgia. And everywhere else in the Southeastern Conference.