Yolanda Putman


phone: 423-757-6431




Yolanda Putman has been a reporter at the Times Free Press for 11 years. She covers housing and previously covered education and crime.

Yolanda is a Chattanooga native who has a master’s degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Alabama State University. She previously worked at the Lima (Ohio) News.

She enjoys running, reading and writing and is the mother of one son, Tyreese.

She has also received the Media Award from the Unity Group.

Contact Yolanda at 423-757-6431 or yputman@timesfreepress.com.

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