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Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga Times Free Press
The October 27, 2010 front page of the
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) WEHCO Media, Inc.
President Jason Taylor
Editor Alison Gerber
Founded Times: 1869
Free Press: 1933
Times Free Press: 1999
Language English
Headquarters 400 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
 United States

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is a daily


Chattanooga Times

The Chattanooga Times was first published on December 15, 1869 by the firm Kirby & Gamble. In 1878, 20-year-old The New York Times (circulation 20,000). Ochs remained publisher of the Chattanooga Times. Ochs' slogan, "To give the news impartially, without fear or favor" remains affixed atop the paper's mast today. The Times was controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family until 1999.

Chattanooga Free Press

In 1933, Roy Ketner McDonald launched a free Thursday tabloid, delivered door to door, featuring stories, comics, and advertisements for his stores. Three years later circulation had hit 65,000 per week, making some ad revenue. On August 31 the paper began publishing as an evening daily with paid subscriptions. One year later, the Free Press circulation reached 33,000, within reach of another p.m. competitor, the Chattanooga News (circulation 35,000). McDonald bought the Chattanooga News from owner George Fort Milton in December 1939. Out of respect for Milton, McDonald put the News first in the merged name "News-Free Press". In their guide to writing, The Elements of Style, Strunk and White used the paper as an illustration of comically misleading punctuation, noting that the hyphen made it sound "as though the paper were news-free, or devoid of news."[1]

Competition and agreement

By 1941, News-Free Press daily circulation reached 51,600, surpassing the Times, with 50,078. In competition, the Times began an evening newspaper competitor, the Chattanooga Evening Times. One year later, however, the competing newspapers joined business and production operations, while maintaining separate news and editorial departments. The Times ceased publishing in the evening and the News-Free Press dropped its Sunday edition. The two shared offices at 117 E. 10th St.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press headquarters

Twenty-four years later, McDonald withdrew from the agreement. He bought the Davenport Hosiery Mills building at 400 E. 11th St. in 1966, and competition resumed between the two papers. The News-Free Press was the first paper in the nation to dissolve a joint operating agreement.[2][3] That August, the day after the News-Free Press resumed Sunday publication, the Times responded with an evening newspaper: the Chattanooga Post. [3] The following year, the Post ceased publication. The News-Free Press gave Chattanooga its first full-color newspaper photos.

Each newspaper won a single Pulitzer Prize. In 1956, Charles L. Bartlett of the Washington Bureau of The Chattanooga Times won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, for articles leading to the resignation of the secretary of the Air Force, Harold E. Talbott. [4] [5] [6] In 1977, staff photographer Robin Hood of the Chattanooga News-Free Press received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. The photo was of legless Vietnam veteran Eddie Robinson in his wheelchair watching a rained-out parade in Chattanooga with his tiny son on his lap. [7] [8]

When business declined for the News-Free Press, 14 employees mortgaged their homes to help keep the newspaper afloat. In the late 1970s, Walter E. Hussman, Jr., the 31-year-old publisher of the Arkansas Democrat, approached McDonald for counsel regarding a bitter struggle with the Arkansas Gazette. In 1980, the Times and the News-Free Press entered into a new joint operating agreement. [2] In 1990, after leading the paper for 54 years, McDonald died at age 88. Three years later, the paper returned to its original name: the Chattanooga Free Press. [9]

Chattanooga Times Free Press

In 1998, Hussman bought the Free Press. A year later, he bought the Times as well and merged the two papers. The first edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press was published on January 5, 1999. [10] The Times Free Press runs two [12]

Embrace of technology

The Times Free Press newsroom.

When the Chattanooga Times Free Press launched its website in 2004, the site was only accessible to paid subscribers and featured only a handful of section pages and links. [13] Four years later, in early 2008, the redesigned online presence of debuted, with an emphasis on breaking news, video and multimedia. The site features all local content in the paper, an online edition of the news product, and classified ads, as well. In late 2010 the newspaper launched '"Right 2 Know", an online database of police mugshots, salaries of government employees, and a map of shootings in Hamilton County.

Other publications

The Times Free Press is also responsible for several other niche publications:

  • Chatter—A monthly magazine launched in 2008 with feature stories from around the area.
  • Noticias Libres'—A free weekly Spanish language paper distributed around the Chattanooga area.
  • ChattanoogaNow—A weekend publication distributed in every Thursday's Times Free Press. It covers music, movies, dining and arts.

Current and past publishers and contributors

  • Charles L. Bartlett, reporter, Washington bureau, The Chattanooga Times, 1946–1962. Pulitzer Prize winner for national reporting, 1956, for articles leading to the resignation of Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott.[4] [5]
  • Clay Bennett, Editorial cartoonist, combined papers, 2007–. Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning in 2002 at The Christian Science Monitor.
  • Bill Dedman, Copy boy, copy editor, reporter for The Chattanooga News-Free Press and then The Chattanooga Times, 1977–1983. Pulitzer Prize winner, investigative reporting, 1989.
  • J. Todd Foster, editor, combined papers, 2010–2011.[14] Editor of the Bristol Herald-Courier when it won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
  • Tom Griscom, executive editor and publisher, combined papers, 1999–2010.
  • Ruth Holmberg, publisher, The Chattanooga Times. Granddaughter of Adolph Ochs, and mother of author Arthur Golden and Michael Golden, publisher of the International Herald Tribune.[15]
  • Robin Hood, photographer, The Chattanooga News-Free Press, 1970s. Pulitzer Prize winner for feature photography,[16] 1977.
  • Roy McDonald, publisher, The Chattanooga Free Press and later The Chattanooga News-Free Press, 1933–1990.
  • Jon Meacham, reporter, The Chattanooga Times, 1991–1992. Pulitzer Prize winner for biography, 2009.
  • Albert Hodges Morehead, reporter, The Chattanooga Times, c. 1930.
  • Alan Murray, reporter, The Chattanooga Times, c. 1977. Assistant managing editor and columnist, The Wall Street Journal.[17]
  • Adolph Ochs, publisher, The Chattanooga Times, 1878–1935. Later publisher of The New York Times. Died on a visit to Chattanooga.
  • Julius Ochs Adler, president and publisher, The Chattanooga Times. General manager of The New York Times.


  1. ^ Strunk, William; White, E.B. (2000). "III: A Few Matters of Form". The Elements of Style (Fourth Edition ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon. p. 35.  
  2. ^ a b "Newspaper marks 10 years since sales, merger". Chattanooga Times Free Press. January 4, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Choice Now In Chattanooga". Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. August 28, 1966. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Elizabeth Clarage (1999). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Phoenix, Ariz.: The Oryx Press. p. 457.  
  5. ^ a b Shearer, John (April 21, 2009). "Former Chattanoogan Meacham Claims Prestigious Pulitzer Prize". The Chattannogan. Archived from the original on February 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes Awards". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Pulitzer Prizes: News Photography". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes Awards". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chattanooga Times Free Press Overview". Chattanooga Times Free Press. 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ "WEHCO Media website". Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Times Free Press website". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Times Free Press digital". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  14. ^ "J. Todd Foster announced as new Times Free Press executive editor". Chattanooga Times Free Press. July 1, 2010. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Obituary: A. William Holmberg Jr., 81, news executive". The New York Times. July 28, 2005.
  16. ^ Nazor Hill, Karen (November 22, 2010). "Robin Hood's photo book full of back stories". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Viewpoints: Alan Murray Bio". The Wall Street Journal. New York. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. 

External links

  • Chattanooga Times Free Press website
  • Times Free Press on Facebook

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