Mark Kennedy


phone: 423-757-6645




Mark Kennedy is a Times Free Press columnist and editor. He writes the "LIfe Stories" human interest column for the City section and the "Family Life" column for the Life section. He also writes an automotive column, “Test Drive,” for the Business section.

For 13 years, Kennedy was features editor of the newspaper, and before that he was the newspaper’s first Sunday editor. The Times Free Press Life section won the state press award for Best Community Lifestyles four times during his tenure. He has also edited the opinion pages.

Before Chattanooga’s newspapers were merged in 1999, Kennedy was the coordinating editor of the Chattanooga Times, where he had previously been an education reporter, feature writer and team leader. He is a former sports editor of the Cleveland (Tenn.) Daily Banner.

Kennedy’s columns have appeared in Chattanooga’s newspaper for 22 years. He has won the Tennessee Press Association’s top award for columnists six times. He is also a five-time winner of the yearly Best of the Best readers choice contest as the city’s favorite columnist/reporter.

Kennedy is a native of Columbia, Tenn., and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives on Walden's Ridge with his wife and two sons.

Contact Mark Kennedy at mkennedy@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6645. Follow him on Twitter @TFPCOLUMNIST. Subscribe to his Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/mkennedycolumnist.

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