Barry Courter


phone: 423-757-6354




Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press.
He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987.
He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section.
Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism.
He previously was a news reporter at WDEF-TV 12. Barry has been married to Kelley since 1987. Their children are Jeff Soder, Jenny Mitchell, Carson Courter and Grace Courter.
Contact Barry at 423-757-6354 or bcourter@timesfreepress.com.

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