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: This classic Wimbledon final will hurt Federer's fans for years

Published Jul. 14 2019

At this moment, Novak Djokovic is better than either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, especially in the majors.

Wiedmer: Jeremy Pruitt's coaching seat far from hottest in SEC football

Published Jul. 14 2019

Second-year University of Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt is on the hot seat?

Wiedmer: Passage of time hasn't dimmed the joy for 1969 Dixie Youth world champs

Published Jul. 9 2019

Fifty years having passed since he helped the Lakeside All-Stars become the first team from Tennessee to win the Dixie...

Wiedmer: LA's Staples Center should be center of NBA universe next season

Published Jul. 8 2019

Break up the Lakers?

Wiedmer: U.S. Women's World Cuppers will always be special to Scenic City

Published Jul. 8 2019

You know your team has arrived in these dynasty debates when you no longer get choked up over a world...

Wiedmer: Sad death of Jared Lorenzen a lesson for us all

Published Jul. 7 2019

The advertisement for the weight-loss product ran on radio stations around this town in the mid-1980s.

Wiedmer: UTC football coach Rusty Wright lets Mocs know he won't tolerate them doing the wrong thing

Published Jul. 2 2019

It was late in the afternoon of April 15 and new University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Rusty Wright...

Wiedmer: NBA free agency frenzy sends wrong message to too many kids

Published Jul. 1 2019

According to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, approximately 1.53 million males graduated from American public high schools this...

Wiedmer: Vonn Bell's football camp shows he has the heart of a saint

Published Jun. 30 2019

You can't beat free. Especially when so many of us in this country have been free of raises for so...

Wiedmer: Josh Dobbs doesn't need football to be one of UT's all-time greats

Published Jun. 28 2019

In a few minutes, Josh Dobbs would do what he does as well as anyone who has ever played football...

Wiedmer: Politicians should worry more about college athletes' health than wealth

Published Jun. 25 2019

It sounds great.

Wiedmer: Local Firecracker golf tournament celebrates America at her best

Published Jun. 24 2019

It's 7:45 Monday morning and Lee Greenwood's modern anthem "God Bless the U.S.A." is blaring from loudspeakers placed just outside...


Wiedmer: A good showing at Wrigley could prove these Braves are for real

Published Jun. 24 2019

When you play 162 regular-season games, it's tough to circle a dozen or so that seem more important than the...

Wiedmer: Girls Preparatory School's Jay Watts an international lacrosse coach, too

Published Jun. 23 2019

If this international coaching experiment doesn't work out, Jay Watts might consider moonlighting as a travel agent in the future.

Wiedmer: Whether Admiral Schofield is picked or not, it's time to rethink the NBA draft

Published Jun. 19 2019

A little over a week ago, as he was about to dazzle this newspaper's Best of Preps banquet, former Tennessee...

Wiedmer: Red-hot Braves still need a closer to cool down opponents' bats

Published Jun. 17 2019

Buy the Atlanta Braves or sell the Braves? That is the question on this 18th day of June, the season...

Wiedmer: Southern League Hall of Fame a well-earned honor for Sal Rende

Published Jun. 17 2019

Sal Rende won't be in Biloxi, Mississippi, this week when the Southern League inducts its newest Hall of Fame class...

Wiedmer: UTC's Rusty Wright gets it right as father and father figure

Published Jun. 16 2019

We have never needed fathers and father figures more.

Wiedmer: Admiral Schofield delivers one of the best Best of Preps Banquet efforts ever

Published Jun. 11 2019

This newspaper's Best of Preps Banquet has had more than a few nationally known speakers over the years, ranging from...

Wiedmer: Could horse deaths at Santa Anita potentially kill thoroughbred racing?

Published Jun. 10 2019

What if they ran a horse race and nobody came?