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.

Notre Dame's Cameron Wynn commits to Vols

Published Apr. 23 2017

After spending the past three months giving serious thought to his college future, Cameron Wynn had all but made up...

Arts & Sciences' Lennex Walker shines at Optimist track and field meet

Published Apr. 15 2017

The most alarming aspect for anyone competing against Lennex Walker — either from the Chattanooga area or across Tennessee once...

Hargis: David Cobb ready to build on Patrick Brown's Vols coverage

Published Mar. 31 2017

For the past six-plus years the Times Free Press has been fortunate to have Patrick Brown, who I believe was...


Howard scores community help to resurrect baseball program

Published Mar. 22 2017

When first-year Howard coach Jon Johnson was hired last summer, he looked over an empty field filled with rocks and...

Brainerd loses in state tournament, but Levar Brown proud of Panthers' growth [photos]

Published Mar. 17 2017

When Brainerd boys' basketball coach Levar Brown read the story of how the Chinese bamboo tree lies dormant for four...

Brainerd state tournament run ends with fourth quarter collapse to Haywood

Published Mar. 16 2017

The Brainerd boys' basketball team led at the end of every quarter, except the only one that really matters.

Brainerd poised for another championship run

Published Mar. 16 2017

On the drive back from last year's disappointing loss in the Class AA championship game, Brown knew he had a...

No longer a dream: Howard plays on home baseball field [photos]

Published Mar. 16 2017

With less than an hour to go before the season's first pitch, the scene outside Howard's new high school baseball...

Vic Beasley to be Best of Preps speaker

Published Mar. 12 2017

Vic Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks last season and helped the Atlanta Falcons reach the Super Bowl, will...

East Hamilton draws defending champ Memphis East in state opener

Published Mar. 8 2017

The East Hamilton boys' basketball team certainly didn't catch a break when the TSSAA released the state-tournament brackets Tuesday evening.

Brainerd pulls away late, rolls into third straight state tournament

Published Mar. 7 2017

The homemade sign -- large, blue letters reading 'First stop Brainerd, next stop state!' -- had hung near the Livingston...

Clarkrange pulls away late, beats Marion County girls

Published Mar. 5 2017

The mixture of an all-state post and a backcourt that got hot from behind the arc in the second half...

McCallie playing for Division II state title today

Published Mar. 4 2017

McCallie's basketball team has a chance today to put an exclamation point on what has been one of the best...

Dustin Mills leads Van Buren to third region title in a row

Published Mar. 3 2017

There's nothing overly complicated about Dustin Sullivan's game plan. The Van Buren County boys' basketball coach simply reminds himself of...

McCallie advances to state championship

Published Mar. 2 2017

Jr. Clay took over down the stretch, leading McCallie to a 62-45 victory over MBA in the Division II-AA state...

Marion County girls hang on to win Region 3-A title [photos]

Published Mar. 2 2017

JASPER, Tenn. — What had been a light purple shirt to begin the basketball game was much darker and wetter...

McCallie faces Montgomery Bell Academy in state tournament today

Published Mar. 2 2017

No longer happy to simply reach this point of the season, McCallie's basketball team is now determined to take the...

Darius Graves rallies CSAS to Region 3-A semifinal win

Published Mar. 1 2017

As a senior there simply was no way Darius Graves was going to let his team lose. In the win-or-go-home...

Tyner cruises past Loudon in Region 3-AA, 67-31

Published Feb. 26 2017

The only real drama was waiting to see how long it would take Tyner to put the game away. It...

Red Bank girls advance to Region 3-AA semifinals [photos]

Published Feb. 25 2017

When her team's double-digit lead disappeared, Layla Babb decided it was time to get aggressive.