Meghan Mangrum (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6592
Meghan Mangrum covers education for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. She joined the paper in November 2017. Previously, she worked as a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network in Florida, reported on education for Chalkbeat, and covered government, tourism and real estate for Miami Today. A Florida native, Meghan moved to Chattanooga in 2017. She attended graduate school at the University of Florida, where she managed undergraduate student journalists for WUFT News. There she led the award-winning multimedia project "Our Gainesville," as well as Electionland, an information verification effort during the 2016 presidential election organized by ProPublica. Meghan served with AmeriCorps from 2013 to 2015, working in high-needs schools in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a journalism degree in 2013. Meghan enjoys yoga, kayaking and hanging out with her dogs, Sophie and George. You can contact her at or 423-757-6592.

'Results take time': UTC ranking remains steady among lower half of state educator preparation programs

Published Feb. 19 2019

Training programs across the state are steadily improving how they prepare would-be teachers for the classroom, despite a decline in...

Officials don't anticipate rain to affect Hamilton County schools

Published Feb. 19 2019

Hamilton County Schools are open Wednesday, despite heavy rain and the potential for flash flooding expected this week.

Threat investigated at Red Bank High School, school put on soft lockdown around dismissal

Published Feb. 19 2019

Law enforcement investigated a threat to Red Bank High School today.


District wants to revamp, spread Hamilton County High School support programs and re-purpose staff

Published Feb. 18 2019

Hamilton County Schools wants to revamp how it educates students who have fallen behind in high school, dropped out and...

Class Notes: Chattanooga State dedicates Card-Monroe Corp. Manufacturing Lab, and more education news

Published Feb. 18 2019

Alongside local dignitaries, Card-Monroe officials, faculty, staff and students, Chattanooga State Community College president Rebecca Ashford recognized the new Card-Monroe...

Chattanooga students commemorate first anniversary of Parkland school shooting

Published Feb. 17 2019

Seo Yoon Yang, a sophomore at Signal Mountain Middle/High School, remembers where she was on Feb. 14, 2018.

School leaders hope to rally community support for Brainerd High renovations

Published Feb. 15 2019

Brainerd High School leaders and community partners want to rally local residents around the school through a new initiative called...

Tyner Academy treated for bedbugs; teachers concerned it's a larger problem

Published Feb. 14 2019

Bedbugs were reported at one Hamilton County school this week, prompting an exterminator to be called.

Efforts to boost safety in Hamilton County schools continue a year after Parkland shooting

Published Feb. 13 2019

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Hamilton...

Smoking at Hamilton County playgrounds may come under scrutiny by commission

Published Feb. 13 2019

Smoking at Hamilton County playgrounds soon may come under scrutiny by the Hamilton County Commission.

Chattanooga City Council members consider 10-year public art plan

Published Feb. 12 2019

Chattanooga City Council members on Tuesday got a first look at a 10-year plan that would increase and fund public...

Chattanooga Students Leading Change hosting rally to mark one-year anniversary of Florida school shooting

Published Feb. 11 2019

The student activists behind Chattanooga's 2018 March for Our Lives and school walkouts calling for an end to gun violence...

Class Notes: Chattanooga invites partners to host events for CHA Learning Days

Published Feb. 11 2019

Chattanooga has been selected to host Remake Learning Days Across America, a national celebration of learning in cities across the...

Tennessee women talk about need for political participation, more female representation

Published Feb. 8 2019

The 2018 midterm elections were dubbed by some "The Second Year of the Woman" as elected offices across the country...

Bryan Johnson calls for community support, investment in schools' State of the System address

Published Feb. 7 2019

In a show of partnership with the county and the business community, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson shared the...

Hamilton County Schools will be open Friday despite conflicting information, reports of illness

Published Feb. 7 2019

Hamilton County Schools says there are currently no school closures related to illness after some confusion began circulating Thursday morning.

Hamilton County Commission OKs new East Hamilton Middle School; no new press box for Ooltewah High School

Published Feb. 6 2019

The Hamilton County Commission approved a new East Hamilton Middle school - but not a new press box for Ooltewah...

Hamilton County school board members sound off on proposed Ooltewah High press box ahead of commission vote

Published Feb. 5 2019

Several Hamilton County school board members are riled up about a resolution to build a new press box at Ooltewah...

About 155 Ooltewah Elementary School students to be rezoned next year to Snow Hill Elementary

Published Feb. 5 2019

About 150 homes and families will be rezoned from Ooltewah Elementary School to Snow Hill Elementary next year as Hamilton...

Executive director of Chattanooga 2.0 to leave for state job

Published Feb. 4 2019

Jared Bigham is leaving his role as executive director at Chattanooga 2.0 to join the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and...