Sunny Montgomery (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6549
Sunny Montgomery writes for several Chattanooga Times Free Press publications including Chatter, Dining Out, Get Out Chattanooga, Live Well and Tennessee Valley Parents. She hails from Central Kentucky where she began her writing career as an alternative sports writer and where she first developed her love for the outdoors. Sunny is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a certified Tennessee State Naturalist.

A climber's mission to bring the Southeast out from the shadows of the West

Published Sep. 1 2019

Forty feet up against a sandstone wall, Rich Moore dangled from a rope, gripping his camera.

Local woman selected for first disability-centered group trip along Spanish pilgrimage route

Published Sep. 1 2019

Sharon Stolberg is no stranger to rough roads.

The bird that brought together worlds

Published Sep. 1 2019

This month, the Louisiana waterthrush leaves Chattanooga to journey back to its Guatemalan wintering grounds.


Six local adventurers share the stories behind their gnarliest scars

Published Sep. 1 2019

Outdoorspeople love to talk about their scars. And why wouldn't they?

Gauley Fest 101: An intro to the world's largest paddling fest

Published Sep. 1 2019

To prepare for Gauley Fest, all year, whitewater paddlers train — both for the river and, paddlers often joke, for...

Naturalist Note: The wounds that shape us

Published Sep. 1 2019

On my upper left thigh, I have a circular scar from when I was 7 and a wasp crawled into...

Naturalist Note: The wounds that shape us

Published Aug. 26 2019

Get Out Chattanooga's fall magazine issue features the stories behind local outdoorspeople's gnarliest scars.

What to know about Facebook fundraisers

Published Aug. 1 2019

Fundraising on Facebook "is probably the lowest-effort philanthropy one can think of," writes Davide Banis in a 2018 Forbes magazine...

Naturalist Note: A tribute to Robiny the robin

Published Jul. 1 2019

This month's Naturalist Note tells the story of writer Sunny Montgomery's childhood friendship with an American robin.

How augmented and virtual reality are reshaping the information age

Published Jun. 28 2019

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A creeking connoisseur: How record rainfall and sheer commitment helped one local creek boater spend 50 consecutive days on whitewater

Published Jun. 1 2019

Pluviophile (noun): a person who has a fondness for or a desire for rain; a lover of rain - also...

The relationship between man and purple martin is centuries old. Here's how you can attract the bird to your property.

Published May. 31 2019

The purple martin is one of Tennessee's most beloved summer residents. And the feeling is mutual.

Naturalist Note: The world beyond our comfort zone

Published May. 31 2019

This month's feature brings you a bucket list of the most extreme outdoor adventures in all 50 state.

Will these Appalachian Trail thru-hikers make it?

Published May. 30 2019

Every year, when spring arrives at Amicalola Falls State Park, so do droves of ambitious backpackers.

Man on the Job: Six men's motivations for getting up each morning and going to work

Published May. 28 2019

Last June, The New York Times asked "Why aren't more men working?" in a story with the same name.

Ziplining into adventure at Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain

Published May. 1 2019

I agreed to go ziplining at Ruby Falls' High Point ZIP Adventure after the originally assigned writer balked.

Here are 10 creative ways to use strawberries

Published May. 1 2019

The strawberry is the first fruit to ripen each spring, and the early bloomer packs a punch.

Naturalist Note: Have you seen this chicken?

Published Apr. 29 2019

Have you seen this mysterious, free-range chicken pecking alongside the interstate in Chattanooga?

Hit the road with

Published Mar. 28 2019

Why spend the night in a cookie-cutter hotel room when you could stay in "Happy," a colorful 18-foot-long R-pod trailer...

10 plants that shaped Tennessee

Published Mar. 27 2019

University of Tennessee horticulture professors just compiled a list of the ten most influential plants in Tennessee history.