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.

'We have lots of success stories': Public Education Foundation celebrates 30 years of transforming education in Chattanooga

Published Apr. 21 2019

Catherine Casselman knelt in the center of a beige rug in her brightly colored classroom at East Side Elementary.

Hamilton County school leaders anticipate improved student performance on TNReady after receiving encouraging results from benchmark tests

Published Apr. 18 2019

Hamilton County school district officials and board members are encouraged and enthusiastic going into this year's TNReady testing season, thanks...

Hamilton County educators speak out against Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher proposal

Published Apr. 18 2019

About a dozen teachers and representatives from the local teachers' union gathered outside the Hamilton County Department of Education tonight...


Four things to watch for at Thursday's Hamilton County school board meeting

Published Apr. 17 2019

As the time nears when the Hamilton County school board will present its budget to Mayor Jim Coppinger and the...

Chattanooga police officer honored for saving baby's life

Published Apr. 17 2019

Hamilton County commissioners honored a Chattanooga police officer who has been hailed a hero after saving a baby's life earlier...

Resolution calling for Democratic Party to pay for House District 26 lawsuit legal fees fails in Hamilton County Commission [document]

Published Apr. 17 2019

A Hamilton County Commission resolution calling for the Tennessee Democratic Party to pay the county's legal fees stemming from last...

Class Notes: TNReady testing begins statewide today, and more education news

Published Apr. 15 2019

Statewide assessments, or TNReady, officially begins Monday for students across the state.

Educators could soon get free or low-cost care as Hamilton County Schools looks to add employee health clinics

Published Apr. 11 2019

Hamilton County Schools district leaders are exploring the possibility of establishing on-site health clinics for teachers and district employees in...

Cost of the Crossfire: Forum discusses solutions to gun violence in Chattanooga

Published Apr. 11 2019

Poverty, lack of parental involvement, social media, mental health issues, low self-esteem, toxic masculinity, easy access and fascination with guns.

From Howard to Harvard: Hustlin' Tiger graduate shares how Public Education Foundation impacted her life

Published Apr. 10 2019

Daphne Penn graduated from Howard High School in 2004. Since then, the Hustlin Tiger alumnae has earned degrees at Vanderbilt...

Dogs or no dogs: Commission reverses its decision to let dogs into the Hamilton County Courthouse

Published Apr. 10 2019

Hamilton County commissioners reversed its decision Wednesday to allow shelter dogs to visit the clerk and master's office in the...

Longtime McCallie educator, lacrosse coach Troy Kemp stepping down this summer

Published Apr. 9 2019

Longtime McCallie School educator, administrator and varsity lacrosse coach Troy Kemp is stepping down this summer to join the Ron...

Chattanooga firefighters respond to smoke at Rivermont Elementary School

Published Apr. 9 2019

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a fire alarm at Rivermont Elementary School on Tuesday morning.

Hixson High School teacher suspended, under investigation by Chattanooga Police Department's Special Victims Unit

Published Apr. 8 2019

A Hixson High School teacher, Bethany White, was suspended last month pending investigations by Hamilton County Schools and the Chattanooga...

Class Notes: Gov. Bill Lee to deliver commencement address at Bryan College on May 4, and more education news

Published Apr. 8 2019

Lee to deliver Bryan's commencement talk

How Hamilton County childcare providers are preparing early learners for lifetimes of success

Published Apr. 7 2019

Cynthia Evans leads a group of visitors from room to room at Champion Christian Learning Academy, poking her head into...

New lockers, parking lot lights part of Hamilton County Schools' $3 million list of capital maintenance priorities

Published Apr. 5 2019

Parking lot lights at Brainerd High School, new lockers at East Ridge High, a new roof for McConnell and Red...

365 seats in 365 days: Chattanooga seeks to improve access to high-quality, early-learning

Published Apr. 3 2019

Every year, about 3,800 children start kindergarten in Hamilton County Schools — but only about 42 percent of those children...

21 days now needed before Hamilton County Commission can vote on a tax increase

Published Apr. 3 2019

While voting Wednesday on a resolution to give the public 21 days notice of a vote on a tax increase,...

Hamilton County Commission to consider giving public more time to provide feedback on tax increases

Published Apr. 2 2019

Hamilton County commissioners will vote Wednesday on whether to give the public more time to give feedback and talk with...