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Stephen Hargis (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6293
E-mail: shargis@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
Stephen has covered sports in the tri-state area for the Times Free Press for more than 25 years and was named Sports Editor in February of 2015 after 10 years as assistant sports editor. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP newsroom, having won 49 awards at the state, regional and national level ranging from investigative to feature to news writing, including 17 awards in the past three years. Stephen was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated Press Sports Editors' conference in Kissimmee Fla., in 2012, and has twice been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with Green Eyeshade southeast regional awards, where his work was noted for its high standards of ethical journalism. He also received an Associated Press national award for a season-long story following the Taft Youth Center football team, became the first writer from the TFP staff to win first-place as the state's top overall sports writer by the Associated Press Media Editors and has also been named the state's overall Writer of the Year three times in the past four years. He has been awarded the state's top prep writer 17 times, including each of the past five years, is the first writer on the TFP staff to win the prestigious Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club's Sports Writer of the Year and was recognized with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Sportsmanship Award for Contributor of the Year in the state. In 2013, Stephen co-authored a book about University of Tennessee football entitled "Game Of My Life". Stephen has two children, Riley and Lauren. This year Stephen took first place in the Associated Press Media Editors awards for sports reporting and was named the state's overall Writer of the Year as well as Best Prep Writer, Best Investigative Writer and Best News Writer by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. He also received a first-place Award of Excellence given by the Society of Professional Journalists and was recognized in the Tennessee Press Association's Best Sports Writing category. Stephen has been recognized as the state's top prep writer a record 16 times and has won 23 other state awards including the prestigious Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club's Sports Writer of the Year and the TSSAA's Sportsmanship Award for Contributor of the Year in the state. In 2013 Stephen co-authored a book about University of Tennessee football with TFP sports editor Jay Greeson entitled "Game of my life". Stephen has two children, Riley and Lauren.