Joan Garrett McClane
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming the newspaper's project editor, she covered business, higher education and the court system. Her recent focus has been investigative and narrative pieces on everything from gang culture to suicide to the child welfare system.
McClane's work to highlight the issues facing those on the fringes of society earned the paper national recognition. In 2017, McClane was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a seven-part series which explored the reasons for and the solutions to poverty in the American south, and in 2014 she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series she spearheaded on Chattanooga's unsolved murder rate and the no-snitch culture of the inner city. McClane was named "Journalist of the Year" for the state of Tennessee by the Associated Press and has received honors for writing about children and families, feature writing, trauma and diversity. She lives in Red Bank, TN with husband Matt, son Marshall, and 4-year-old rescue mutt named Gidget.BACK TO EVENT