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.

Belmont assistant Mark Price named Baylor School basketball coach

Published Jun. 19 2018

Baylor School has found its new boys' basketball coach.

State champions headline Best of Preps Coach of the Year finalists

Published Jun. 14 2018

The Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year award winner will be announced tonight at the Times Free Press Best of...

Finalists for Scrappy Moore male athlete of the year earned national attention [photos]

Published Jun. 13 2018

Some of the finalists for this year's Scrappy Moore Male Athlete of the Year award not only dominated their state...


Three sophomores among Scrappy Moore female athlete finalists [photos]

Published Jun. 12 2018

There's a youth movement in this year's finalists for the Scrappy Moore Female Athlete of the Year award. Three sensational...

Cliff Morgan, Laurie McGinley new Grace Academy coaches

Published Jun. 5 2018

Grace Academy has hired new baseball and volleyball coaches for the coming school year. Former Central High all-state pitcher Cliff...

Powell edges Walker Valley 2-1 for AAA softball title [photos]

Published May. 26 2018

The combination of having played three games in a little over 12 hours, waiting out a two-hour rain delay and...

Sale Creek state runner-up in Class A softball [photos]

Published May. 26 2018

A historic day for Sale Creek softball came up just a bit shy of becoming monumental.

Gallery: Spring Fling photos - Day 4

Published May. 25 2018

The final day of Spring Fling began with numerous Chattanooga-area athletes and teams looking to finish in championship style.

Hard-hitting Red Raiders roll to baseball state title [photos]

Published May. 25 2018

For three straight days, Baylor's baseball team turned the state tournament into its own extended batting practice.

Casseus, Jones excel to lead Cleveland boys to second-place finish at state track meet [photos]

Published May. 25 2018

Benjedi Casseus began wearing neon yellow socks and matching cleats in middle school as a way for his parents —...

Baylor edges GPS 4-3 in 10th for softball state title [photos]

Published May. 25 2018

The hardware with the gold letters reading "State Champions" will find a prominent place among the Baylor softball program's already...

LIVE: Spring Fling day 3 is underway [photos]

Published May. 24 2018

As the annual Spring Fling begins to wind down and more state champions are crowned, follow the Times Free Press...


Baylor advances to state baseball title round [photos]

Published May. 24 2018

As his teammates gathered their bats and gloves and cleared out of the dugout, Baylor's Teddy Lepcio lingered a bit.

Undone by errors, Pirates eliminated from state tournament

Published May. 24 2018

One of the strengths that had helped South Pittsburg reach the Class A state baseball tournament — its defense —...

Second day of Spring Fling [photos]

Published May. 23 2018

As the second day of Spring Fling gets underway, all five sports will be in action. Follow the Times Free...

Pirates open Class A baseball tourney with 5-3 win

Published May. 23 2018

Two strikes, no worries.

Offense sparks Baylor baseball team to impressive win

Published May. 23 2018

Garrett Carmichael had experienced the feeling before, but never in a varsity game. And certainly not with so much riding...

LIVE: Area athletes compete in Spring Fling [photos]

Published May. 22 2018

The annual Spring Fling got underway today with multiple Chattanooga-area athletes and teams competing. We will have continual updates from...

Lookout Valley falls in Class A baseball sectional [photos]

Published May. 20 2018

For the first time in his coaching career Lance Rorex did not want to talk about baseball right away. Instead,...

McCallie's Hakim McMorris dominates DII-AA decathlon

Published May. 20 2018

Hakim McMorris didn't simply repeat as Division II-AA decathlon state champion — he dominated. The McCallie senior won seven events...