Stephen Hargis (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6293
Stephen has covered sports in the tri-state area for the Times Free Press for more than 26 years and was named Sports Editor in February of 2015 after 10 years as assistant sports editor, where he oversaw the prep sports staff. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP newsroom, having won 54 awards at the state, regional and national level ranging from investigative work to feature and news writing, including 22 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 been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with Green Eyeshade southeast regional awards three times, where his work was noted for its high standards of ethical journalism. He 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 a record 18 times, including each of the past six 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. He is also a regular contributor previewing and highlighting prep football on local television. In 2013, Stephen co-authored a book about University of Tennessee football entitled "Game Of My Life". Stephen is a lifelong Chattanooga area resident and has two children, Riley and Lauren.

Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard named Gatorade girls' player of the year for Tennessee

Published Mar. 19 2018

It's difficult to become the first to accomplish something in Bradley Central girls' basketball's storied history, but that's just what...

Ooltewah hires football coach

Published Mar. 16 2018

Ooltewah High School announced Friday afternoon that Scott Chandler has been promoted to become its new head football coach.

TSSAA votes for complete private-public split

Published Mar. 15 2018

The TSSAA's Legislative Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a proposal for a total public-private split.

TSSAA votes for complete private-public split

Published Mar. 14 2018

The TSSAA's Legislative Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a proposal for a total public-private split.

John Rhodes leads Chattanooga Christian into new baseball season

Published Mar. 11 2018

John Rhodes always has understood the importance of first impressions.

Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard named Class AAA Miss Basketball

Published Mar. 6 2018

Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard has been named Class AAA Miss Basketball during an awards ceremony in Murfreesboro Tuesday night. Van...

Tyner brings Bees to their knees, sprint into state tournament

Published Mar. 6 2018

Not quite two minutes into the second quarter, during a momentary substitution break, four of the five Upperman players on...

Baylor boys fall to Brentwood Academy in state title game

Published Mar. 3 2018

Baylor battled but simply could not stop Darius Garland in the crunch as Brentwood Academy won its fourth consecutive Division...

McMinn Central girls win fourth straight Region 3-AA title

Published Mar. 1 2018

While the names on the backs of the jerseys change, the results simply do not.

John Shulman steps down as McCallie basketball coach

Published Feb. 28 2018

The toughest part of John Shulman's day came when he met with his McCallie players.

Patrick Daley resigns as football coach at Copper Basin

Published Feb. 28 2018

After 12 seasons as head football coach at his alma mater, Patrick Daley has resigned from Copper Basin High School.

Red Bank hires Chris Brown as head football coach

Published Feb. 27 2018

For once, Chris Brown didn't mind a phone call interrupting dinner. As Brown and his wife, Joli, were feeding their...

Second quarter scoring run helps Meigs pull away from Signal Mountain

Published Feb. 27 2018

When continual pressure didn't seem to faze the Signal Mountain girls' basketball team in the early minutes, the only thing...

Baylor boy's basketball team pulls away late to beat Ensworth, advance to state

Published Feb. 25 2018

By his own admission, Beyuan Hendricks had been struggling with his shot. But in the back-and-forth flow of the fourth...

Whitwell struggles early, falls to Jackson County

Published Feb. 24 2018

A scrappy third-quarter run was not enough for Whitwell's girls' basketball team to overcome a sluggish start as visiting Jackson...

Adam Caine resigns as head football coach after strong run at Sequatchie County

Published Feb. 21 2018

Adam Caine, who took Sequatchie County's football program to new heights, resigned Wednesday morning after three seasons and will take...

Lady Raiders beat St. Cecilia 66-32 in state tournament

Published Feb. 21 2018

It had been just four days since Baylor's girls had beaten St. Cecilia by 17 in the final game of...

Brooke McCurdy leads GPS into state tournament second round

Published Feb. 21 2018

Somehow Brooke McCurdy kept finding herself alone, unguarded outside the 3-point line and able to launch bombs repeatedly without much...

Whitwell girls, Van Buren boys win 5-A titles

Published Feb. 18 2018

The wall just inside Whitwell High School's gym that is wallpapered with red banners now has one more to hang....

Howard knocks off Pioneers to extend coach Walter 'Moose' McGary's career

Published Feb. 17 2018

A half-hour before his team was to tip off its District 6-AA quarterfinal — an elimination game against host East...