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.

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.


Naturalist Note: The power of plants (it's not all roses)

Published Mar. 27 2019

The white-blossomed Bradford pear trees are in bloom.

New film premiering at Tennessee Aquarium illustrates local streams like never before

Published Mar. 21 2019

Jeremy Moore, founder of Freshwaters Illustrated, discusses his latest film "Hidden Rivers," which will premiere at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX...

How to travel abroad on a dirtbag budget

Published Mar. 1 2019

The Southeast is known for its outdoor adventure, from its sandstone crags to its steep creeks to the countless miles...

Lula Lake's new executive director is no stranger to local conservation

Published Mar. 1 2019

Cody Roney settles into her role as the new executive director of Lula Lake Land Trust.

Backpacker Chris Pickering shares his essential gear list

Published Mar. 1 2019

Backpacker Chris Pickering shares his essential gear list — gear that helps him survive on the trail for months at...

Bird nerds: Do you know the true meaning behind the term 'wingman'?

Published Mar. 1 2019

You know what they say — "Birds of a feather flock together."

Naturalist Note: Why honeybees explode during sex

Published Mar. 1 2019

Why do honeybees explode during sex?

Three itineraries to help you plan an overnight river trip

Published Mar. 1 2019

An afternoon on the water is never enough. So why not stuff your dry bags, fill your water jugs and...