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.

Hamilton County Schools updating student code of conduct, role of discipline this spring

Published Mar. 4 2019

Superintendent Bryan Johnson doesn't just have his people reviewing academic strategies and ways to turn around some of Hamilton County's...

Hamilton County Commission recognizes school district's Teachers of the Year

Published Mar. 4 2019

The Hamilton County Commission recognized three Teachers of the Year at its Feb. 26 agenda meeting.

Who should foot the $100,000 bill to help fund the Ed Johnson Memorial? Taxpayers? Hamilton County? CVB?

Published Feb. 27 2019

Hamilton County commissioners are split on whether to use taxpayer dollars to help fund a memorial honoring Ed Johnson.

Hamilton County Commission recognizes school district's Teachers of the Year

Published Feb. 27 2019

The Hamilton County Commission recognized three Teachers of the Year at its Feb. 26 agenda meeting.

Hamilton County commissioners balk at another $25 million for sewage plant

Published Feb. 27 2019

Several Hamilton County commissioners are hesitant to approve an additional $25 million requested by Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger toward...

Mom alleges Ooltewah High School failed to protect her son after he was attacked in class

Published Feb. 26 2019

Dawn Escobar, the mother of a former Ooltewah High School student, is alleging that Hamilton County Schools mishandled an investigation...

Class Notes: Students commit to TCAT during national signing day, and more education news

Published Feb. 25 2019

On Feb. 21, 50 area high school seniors took part in Chattanooga State's Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) program's...

Hamilton County Schools flagged by state for disproportionately disciplining black students with disabilities

Published Feb. 24 2019

Hamilton County Schools is one of 25 school districts recently flagged by the Tennessee Department of Education for disproportionately disciplining...

United Methodists in Chattanooga brace for fallout from vote on gay clergy, same-sex marriage

Published Feb. 22 2019

With the United Methodist Church's top leaders gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend, local Methodist churches and their congregations...

Hamilton County school board members disappointed in results of new bus bid after paying consultant nearly $40,000

Published Feb. 21 2019

Hamilton County Schools has only two contractors from which to choose for its next bus contract, despite paying a consultant...

Gov. Bill Lee announces increase in funding for Tennessee school safety, school resource officers

Published Feb. 21 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is calling for an increase in funding for school safety and prioritizing the presence of school...

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

Published Feb. 20 2019

Six Hamilton County school board members met for an agenda session Monday, one of the board's new initiatives in 2019...


Red Bank High School student arrested, charged after handgun is found

Published Feb. 20 2019

A weapon was confiscated from a student at Red Bank High School today.

'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...