Hooper served as a publisher/editor of the Civil War Courier newspaper and national reenacting magazines Camp Chase Gazette, and the Citizen's Companion from 2004 to 2009. During his tenure, he served as national media coordinator for the 140th Battle of Franklin and the 145th Battle of Chickamauga. He also coordinated The Battle of Chickamauga's School Days program and the Medal of Honor program for more than 7,000 school children. He was the event manager for the opening ceremony's keynote speaking event featuring the Vice President of the United States.
His extensive work with American Indian tribes helping document their military veterans and Medal of Honor recipients has been cited numerous times for its preservation of tribal contributions to the U.S. military. His research has also assisted state and federal officials in drafting legislation and resolutions honoring notable veterans in American history. In 2010, Hooper was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for his efforts originating and assisting in the drafting of the bipartisan HR 1442 that was passed by Congress designating November as U.S. Military History Month. It calls on state legislatures and assemblies to designate November as United States Military History Month and encourages citizens to study the subject and participate in Veterans Day activities.
He is the author of six books. His 2008 release Knoxville in the Vietnam Era and Knoxville's WIVK are additions to his photographic histories and features never-before-seen photographs of Knoxville and Tennessee. His 2009 book release Knoxville's WNOX traces the origins of the celebrated broadcast station WNOX from its launching of Country music as an American music genre to its formative impact on Rock and roll in popular music. He has also worked as a columnist for the Washington Post, the History News Service and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
In 2013,Hooper served on the host committee of the Medal of Honor Convention, where he worked with RIVR Media producing and writing the critically acclaimed 2014 "Medal of Honor: The History" narrated by Gary Sinise for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. It was the first chronological history of the U.S. Military's highest award featuring artifacts and documents from private and public collections around the world on the decoration. It was the legacy contribution of the Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention. The documentary premiered to recipients at the United States Supreme Court and was featured on The Pentagon Channel. Hooper followed up the documentary with "The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy" featuring the military history of the state of Tennessee that earned it the "Volunteer" nickname, including images and documents on notable minorities and women that had been overlooked in the state's military legacy. It premiered July 4, 2015 on Tennessee's Public Broadcasting System. Hooper works as an independent documentary producer in Tennessee and is a frequent speaker on veterans' issues, the American Southeast and Southern Appalachian culture.