Ellis Smith


phone: 423-757-6315




Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter.

His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology.

Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia.

He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, Ga.; as a reporter.

Contact Ellis at 423-757-6315 or esmith@timesfreepress.com.

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