Kelli Gauthier


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Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press.
She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007.
A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, she worked as a magazine writer and editor, and a middle and high school English teacher.
Kelli spends most of her free time traveling, and has stepped foot on five continents. When she’s in town, Kelli likes camping, cycling, running, rock climbing and watching Modern Family. She lives in North Chattanooga with Charley, a 17-pound terrier mix and light of her life.

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