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.

School leaders, superintendent disappointed after Hamilton County Commission votes down property tax rate increase

Published Jun. 26 2019

School leaders are disappointed but say "it's not over" after the Hamilton County Commission on Wednesday voted down a 34-cent...

Hamilton County school board members say it's 'back to the drawing board' if commission doesn't pass budget

Published Jun. 24 2019

Some Hamilton County school board members are waiting hopefully, others anxiously, to see what the outcome will be at the...

Signal Mountain teacher among nine finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Published Jun. 24 2019

A Signal Mountain teacher is one of nine finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

Class Notes: Tyner High alumni donate $2K to Tyner Academy, and more education news

Published Jun. 24 2019

Tyner High alumni donate $2,000 to Tyner Academy

Brainerd Together: Community members gather to renovate, revitalize Brainerd High School

Published Jun. 23 2019

Flaking paint, broken blinds, scuffed floors, old chalkboards, smudged windows, rotting lockers.

Camp College aims to help students transition to and succeed in higher education

Published Jun. 21 2019

Walter is the son of a single mother and works 30 hours a week as an assistant manager at a...

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences renames facilities after longtime coach and conductor

Published Jun. 21 2019

Thanks to the efforts of its senior class, the orchestra room and basketball court at Chattanooga School for the Arts...

Hamilton County school board debates pre-K expansion

Published Jun. 20 2019

Approval of two new pre-K classes in Hamilton County came down to a philosophical debate about the importance of voluntary...

Mayor Coppinger says proposed tax increase for education is important, nonpartisan issue

Published Jun. 20 2019

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said Thursday his proposed tax rate increase to further fund public education is an important...

Three things to know ahead of Thursday's Hamilton County school board meeting

Published Jun. 19 2019

Barely a week ahead of the Hamilton County Commission's vote on whether or not to approve a 34-cent property tax...

Teachers attend second annual Chattanooga Fab Institute, seek ways to make learning fun

Published Jun. 19 2019

Tyris Nelson, a recent graduate of Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, laughed as he helped Julia Phillips, a...

Hamilton County Schools budget includes $400,000 line item for 'contingency reserve fund'

Published Jun. 19 2019

Brent Goldberg, Hamilton County Schools' chief business officer, has gotten some heat from commissioners and board members in recent weeks...

Community leaders say Hamilton County schools need more resources to address student mental health

Published Jun. 17 2019

Student mental health is one of the most important issues facing Hamilton County and should be considered during this budget...

Class Notes: Lee University's symphonic band tours South Korea, and more education news

Published Jun. 17 2019

Lee University's symphonic band tours South Korea

The 'homework gap': At least 1/4 of Tennessee students lack home internet, even more in rural districts

Published Jun. 17 2019

Two years ago, Polk County, Tennessee, was able to give all of its middle school students an iPad, complete with...

Former Collegedale teacher accused of sexually assaulting students in California

Published Jun. 13 2019

A former Collegedale teacher is accused of sexually assaulting three boys in California, two of whom he knew from Tennessee.

How much of a pay raise could Hamilton County teachers really see this year?

Published Jun. 12 2019

Hamilton County teachers likely won't see a 5% pay raise — and potentially no raise at all — if the...

Hamilton County kindergarten prep program launches for second year, emboldened by student success

Published Jun. 11 2019

"What types of animals live in the woods?" Kelly Piazza, a kindergarten teacher at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School, asked...

Metro Ideas Project unveils online 'school budget calculator' to help Hamilton County residents understand personal impact of proposed tax increase

Published Jun. 10 2019

The Metro Ideas Project has weighed in on the conversation surrounding a proposed 34-cent property tax increase to fund public...

'Signing Day' event honors Hamilton County's new teachers

Published Jun. 10 2019

Signing days aren't just for athletes anymore.