Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is distributed in the metropolitan Chattanooga region of southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia. It is one of Tennessee's major newspapers and is owned by WEHCO Media, Inc., a diversified communications company with ownership in 14 daily newspapers, 11 weekly newspapers and 13 cable television companies in six states. The current president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press is Jeff DeLoach.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The October 27, 2010 front page of the
Chattanooga Times Free Press
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)WEHCO Media, Inc.
PresidentJeff DeLoach
EditorAlison Gerber
FoundedTimes: 1869
Free Press: 1933
Times Free Press: 1999
Headquarters400 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
 United States


Chattanooga Times

The Chattanooga Times was first published on December 15, 1869 by the firm Kirby & Gamble. In 1878, 20-year-old Adolph Ochs borrowed money and bought half interest in the struggling morning paper.[1] Two years later when he assumed full ownership, it cost him $5,500. In 1892, the paper's staff moved to the Ochs Building on Georgia Avenue at East Eighth Street, which is now the Dome Building. In 1896, Ochs entrusted the management of the paper to his brother-in-law Harry C. Adler when he purchased The New York Times (circulation 20,000). Ochs remained publisher of the Chattanooga Times. Ochs' slogan, "To give the news impartially, without fear or favor" remains affixed atop the paper's mast today. The Times was controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family until 1999.

Chattanooga Free Press

In 1933, Roy Ketner McDonald launched a free Thursday tabloid, delivered door to door, featuring stories, comics, and advertisements for his stores. Three years later circulation had hit 65,000 per week, making some ad revenue. On August 31 the paper began publishing as an evening daily with paid subscriptions. One year later, the Free Press circulation reached 33,000, within reach of another p.m. competitor, the Chattanooga News (circulation 35,000). McDonald bought the Chattanooga News from owner George Fort Milton in December 1939. Out of respect for Milton, McDonald put the News first in the merged name "News-Free Press". In their guide to writing, The Elements of Style, Strunk and White used the paper as an illustration of comically misleading punctuation, noting that the hyphen made it sound "as though the paper were news-free, or devoid of news."[2]

Competition and agreement

By 1941, News-Free Press daily circulation reached 51,600, surpassing the Times, with 50,078. In competition, the Times began an evening newspaper competitor, the Chattanooga Evening Times. One year later, however, the competing newspapers joined business and production operations, while maintaining separate news and editorial departments. The Times ceased publishing in the evening and the News-Free Press dropped its Sunday edition. The two shared offices at 117 E. 10th St.

Chattanooga Times Free Press office
The Chattanooga Times Free Press headquarters

Twenty-four years later, McDonald withdrew from the agreement. He bought the Davenport Hosiery Mills building at 400 E. 11th St. in 1966, and competition resumed between the two papers. The News-Free Press was the first paper in the nation to dissolve a joint operating agreement.[3][4] That August, the day after the News-Free Press resumed Sunday publication, the Times responded with an evening newspaper: the Chattanooga Post.[4] The following year, the Post ceased publication. The News-Free Press gave Chattanooga its first full-color newspaper photos.

Each newspaper won a single Pulitzer Prize. In 1956, Charles L. Bartlett of the Washington Bureau of The Chattanooga Times won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, for articles leading to the resignation of the secretary of the Air Force, Harold E. Talbott.[5][6][7] In 1977, staff photographer Robin Hood of the Chattanooga News-Free Press received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. The photo was of legless Vietnam veteran Eddie Robinson in his wheelchair watching a rained-out parade in Chattanooga with his tiny son on his lap.[8][9]

When business declined for the News-Free Press, 14 employees mortgaged their homes to help keep the newspaper afloat. In the late 1970s, Walter E. Hussman, Jr., the 31-year-old publisher of the Arkansas Democrat, approached McDonald for counsel regarding a bitter struggle with the Arkansas Gazette. In 1980, the Times and the News-Free Press entered into a new joint operating agreement.[3] In 1990, after leading the paper for 54 years, McDonald died at age 88. Three years later, the paper returned to its original name: the Chattanooga Free Press.[10]

Chattanooga Times Free Press

In 1998, Hussman bought the Free Press. A year later, he bought the Times as well and merged the two papers. The first edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press was published on January 5, 1999.[11] The Times Free Press runs two editorial pages, one staunchly liberal, the other staunchly conservative, reflecting the editorial leanings of the Times and Free Press, respectively. The Tennessee Press Association recognized the Times Free Press as the best newspaper in Tennessee in 2002. One year later, Editor and Publisher magazine named the Times Free Press as one of 10 newspapers in the United States "doing it right".[12] The newspaper has subscribers in southeastern Tennessee and northern Georgia. On Monday, April 14, 2014 the Chattanooga Times Free Press was named a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting for "Speak No Evil." [13] In 2017, the newspaper was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for "The Poverty Puzzle." [14]


Times Free Press newsroom
The Times Free Press newsroom.

When the Chattanooga Times Free Press launched its website in 2004, the site was only accessible to paid subscribers and featured only a handful of section pages and links.[15] Four years later, in early 2008, the redesigned online presence of debuted, with an emphasis on breaking news, video and multimedia. The site features all local content in the paper, an online edition of the news product, and classified ads, as well. In late 2010 the newspaper launched "Right 2 Know", an online database of police mugshots, salaries of government employees, and a map of shootings in Hamilton County.

Other publications

The Times Free Press is also responsible for several other niche publications:

  • Chatter – a monthly magazine launched in 2008 with feature stories from around the area
  • "Get Out" = a monthly magazine focused on everything outdoor in Chattanooga and the surrounding area
  • "Edge" - a monthly magazine focused on local business
  • Noticias Libres – a free weekly Spanish language paper distributed around the Chattanooga area
  • ChattanoogaNow – a weekend publication distributed in every Thursday's Times Free Press that covers music, movies, dining and arts
  • "Dining Out" - a weekly publication focused on food and restaurants

Current and past publishers and contributors

  • Bruce Hartmann, current president
  • Charles L. Bartlett, reporter, Washington bureau, The Chattanooga Times, 1946–1962. Pulitzer Prize winner for national reporting, 1956, for articles leading to the resignation of Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott.[5][6]
  • Clay Bennett, Editorial cartoonist, combined papers, 2007–. Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning in 2002 at the Christian Science Monitor.
  • Bill Dedman, Copy boy, copy editor, reporter for The Chattanooga News-Free Press and then The Chattanooga Times, 1977–1983. Pulitzer Prize winner, investigative reporting, 1989.
  • J. Todd Foster, editor, combined papers, 2010–2011.[16] Editor of the Bristol Herald-Courier when it won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
  • Tom Griscom, executive editor and publisher, combined papers, 1999–2010.
  • Ruth Holmberg, publisher, The Chattanooga Times. Granddaughter of Adolph Ochs, and mother of author Arthur Golden and Michael Golden, publisher of the International Herald Tribune.[17]
  • Robin Hood, photographer, The Chattanooga News-Free Press, 1970s. Pulitzer Prize winner for feature photography,[18] 1977.
  • Roy McDonald, publisher, The Chattanooga Free Press and later The Chattanooga News-Free Press, 1933–1990.
  • Jon Meacham, reporter, The Chattanooga Times, 1991–1992. Pulitzer Prize winner for biography, 2009.
  • Albert Hodges Morehead, reporter, The Chattanooga Times, c. 1930.
  • Alan Murray, reporter, The Chattanooga Times, c. 1977. Assistant managing editor and columnist, The Wall Street Journal.[19]
  • Adolph Ochs, publisher, The Chattanooga Times, 1878–1935. Later publisher of The New York Times. Died on a visit to Chattanooga.
  • Julius Ochs Adler, president and publisher, The Chattanooga Times. General manager of The New York Times.

See also


  1. ^ "Adolph Simon Ochs | American newspaper publisher". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Strunk, William; White, E.B. (2000). "III: A Few Matters of Form". The Elements of Style (Fourth ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon. p. 35. ISBN 0-205-30902-X. The hyphen can play tricks on the unwary, as it did in Chattanooga when two newspapers merged--the "News" and the "Free Press." Someone introduced a hyphen into the merger, and the paper became "The Chattanooga News-Free Press," which sounds as though the paper were news-free, or devoid of news.
  3. ^ a b "Newspaper marks 10 years since sales, merger". Chattanooga Times Free Press. January 4, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Choice Now In Chattanooga". Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. August 28, 1966. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Elizabeth Clarage (1999). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Phoenix, Ariz.: The Oryx Press. p. 457. ISBN 1-57356-111-8. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Shearer, John (April 21, 2009). "Former Chattanoogan Meacham Claims Prestigious Pulitzer Prize". The Chattannogan. Archived from the original on February 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes Awards". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011.
  8. ^ "Pulitzer Prizes: News Photography". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes Awards". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011.
  10. ^ "Chattanooga Times Free Press Overview". Chattanooga Times Free Press. 2010. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  11. ^ "WEHCO Media website". Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
  12. ^ "Times Free Press website". Archived from the original on January 8, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
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  15. ^ "Times Free Press digital". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  16. ^ "J. Todd Foster announced as new Times Free Press executive editor". Chattanooga Times Free Press. July 1, 2010. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011.
  17. ^ "Obituary: A. William Holmberg Jr., 81, news executive". The New York Times. July 28, 2005.
  18. ^ Nazor Hill, Karen (November 22, 2010). "Robin Hood's photo book full of back stories". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011.
  19. ^ "Viewpoints: Alan Murray Bio". The Wall Street Journal. New York. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011.

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Adolph Ochs

Adolph Simon Ochs (March 12, 1858 – April 8, 1935) was an American newspaper publisher and former owner of The New York Times and The Chattanooga Times (now the Chattanooga Times Free Press).

CBL Properties

CBL Properties (previously CBL & Associates, Inc., then CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.) is a real estate investment trust that invests in shopping centers, primarily in the Southeastern United States and Midwestern United States. The company is organized in Delaware with its headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned 105 properties.The company's name is based on the initials of its founder, Charles B. Lebovitz.


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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga is a city located in southeastern Tennessee along the Tennessee River bordering Georgia. With an estimated population of 179,139 in 2017, it is the fourth-largest city in Tennessee and one of the two principal cities of East Tennessee, along with Knoxville. Served by multiple railroads and Interstate highways, Chattanooga is a transit hub. Chattanooga lies 118 miles (190 km) northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, 112 miles (180 km) southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, 134 miles (216 km) southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, 102 miles (164 km) east-northeast of Huntsville, Alabama, and 147 miles (237 km) northeast of Birmingham, Alabama.

The city, with a downtown elevation of approximately 680 feet (210 m), lies at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. Surrounded by mountains and ridges, the official nickname for Chattanooga is "Scenic City", reinforced by the city's reputation for outdoor activities. Unofficial nicknames include "River City", "Chatt", "Nooga", "Chattown", and "Gig City", referencing Chattanooga's claims that it has the fastest internet service in the Western Hemisphere.Chattanooga is internationally known for the 1941 song "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Glenn Miller and his orchestra. Chattanooga is home to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and Chattanooga State Community College.

The city has its own typeface, Chatype, which was launched in August 2012. According to the website, this marks the first time that an American city has its own custom-made typeface and also the first time a crowd-funded custom-made typeface has been used for any municipality in the world.

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (IATA: CHA, ICAO: KCHA, FAA LID: CHA) (Lovell Field) is five miles (8 km) east of downtown Chattanooga, in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The airport is owned and operated by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. It is a Class C airport serviced by Chattanooga Approach. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023 categorized it as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has one concourse with five gates. Airline service is provided by United Express, Delta Air Lines, American Eagle, and Allegiant Air. General aviation is serviced by Wilson Air Center FBO. The general aviation ramp is in two locations, one on the South side of the main terminal and the other to the North. The locations are referred to as "Air North" and "Air South." General aviation can find service at either location. In August 2011, Wilson Air Center opened up a facility on the west side of the field.

A flight from Chattanooga to Atlanta can take as little as 18 minutes, wheels up to wheels down, on a Delta Connection Canadair Regional Jet or Delta Air Lines MD-88. When operations in Atlanta are interrupted, Chattanooga is one of the first to receive diversions.

It has been proposed that a new high-speed rail line be built to MARTA in metro Atlanta, so that it could serve as Atlanta's second airport.Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport was home to the 241st Engineering Installation Squadron (241 EIS) of the Tennessee Air National Guard until late 2010, when the squadron moved to a Bonny Oaks facility near the airport.

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga State or, informally, Chatt State) is a public community college in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The college is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Athletically, Chattanooga State is a member of Region VII of the NJCAA.

Chattanooga State offers a variety of programs and degrees including 50 career programs; three university parallel degrees (Associate of Science, Associate of Art, and Associate of Science in Teaching) with areas of emphasis in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences; 20 technical certificate programs; corporate training; continuing education; adult education, including GED preparation; Collegiate High at Chattanooga State (formerly Middle College High School); Early College (dual enrollment); and community service programs.Chattanooga State is the only community college in Tennessee that has a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) as an integral part of its organization. The TCAT offers 21 diploma programs and 7 certificate programs with a combined annual enrollment of over 2,300 students.Total fall 2012 headcount enrollment, including the non-college credit providing TCAT, was 11,357.Chattanooga State functions as an open-entry postsecondary institution for students residing in six counties in Southeast Tennessee, as well as seven bordering counties of North Georgia and Northeast Alabama, including Bledsoe, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Rhea, and Sequatchie in Tennessee; Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield in Georgia; and Jackson in Alabama.Students who want to transfer to a four-year institution can go through the Tennessee Transfer Pathways program to transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions, the University of Tennessee (UT), and other Tennessee public universities. Students can also enter the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) as juniors or get guaranteed acceptance to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) under special agreements signed between Chattanooga State, UTC, and MTSU.The college offers instruction in a variety of modes including traditional classroom and laboratory instruction; asynchronous online instruction (more than 100 courses entirely online as well as many hybrid courses); synchronous instruction engaging students simultaneously at multiple sites; and one-to-one tutoring.

Clay Bennett (cartoonist)

Clay Bennett (born January 20, 1958 in Clinton, South Carolina) is an American editorial cartoonist. His cartoons typically present liberal viewpoints. Currently drawing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bennett is the recipient of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

Graduating from the University of North Alabama in 1980, Bennett briefly served as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville Times (NC). He worked as editorial cartoonist at the St. Petersburg Times for 13 years (1981–1994) but was fired in 1994. While Bennett's editor Phil Gailey denied the firing was politically motivated, many observers saw it as part of the traditionally liberal newspaper's trend towards becoming more conservative. Bennett said "Many saw the termination as political because I was out there on the far left. Obviously expressing your point of view can cost you your job." He later worked for The Christian Science Monitor (1997–2007) and now draws five cartoons a week for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, having joined its staff in 2007.

A nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning seven times, Bennett won the Prize in 2002. He's also the recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi Award, the National Journalism Award, the National Cartoonist Society Award for Editorial Cartoons, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the John Fischetti Award, the National Headliner Award, the Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club, the Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation, and the Ranan Lurie/United Nations Political Cartoon Award. On May 26, 2018, he was awarded the 2017 Divisional Award for Editorial Cartoons by the National Cartoonists Society.A past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Bennett lives in Chattanooga with his wife, artist Cindy Procious. His work is syndicated internationally by The Washington Post Writers Group.

Drew Johnson

Jason Andrew “Drew” Johnson (born August 5, 1979 in Johnson City, Tennessee) is an American political commentator and former think tank executive. He was the founder and first president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, now known as the Beacon Center of Tennessee. He later edited the editorial page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He is a former columnist at The Washington Times.

Hamilton Place (shopping mall)

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Mark Hall (politician)

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Merv Pregulman

Mervin Pregulman (October 10, 1922 – November 29, 2012) was an All-American football player, businessman, and philanthropist. He played football as a tackle and center for the University of Michigan Wolverines from 1941 to 1943 and was selected as a first-team All-American in 1943. He was inducted into the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, narrowly surviving a kamikaze attack on his ship in 1945.

Pregulman was a first-round draft pick (seventh overall pick) of the Green Bay Packers in the 1944 NFL Draft. He played four years of professional football with the Packers (1946), Detroit Lions (1947–48), and New York Bulldogs (1949).

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Tennessee Aquarium

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Tom Griscom

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