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.

Top-seeded Eagles, Lady Warriors reach 6-A finals

Published Feb. 19 2017

The highest seeds took nothing for granted in Saturday's District 6-A basketball tournament semifinals. Marion County's girls and Van Buren...

Tyrus Ward returning home as new Brainerd football coach

Published Feb. 18 2017

Tyrus Ward is coming home. Looked upon as one of the best young coaches in the state, Ward has been...

Randall Boldin is Whitwell Tigers' new head football coach

Published Feb. 18 2017

Moving up from defensive coordinator, he'll replace Tracy Malone


Bledsoe County shoots down Chattanooga Christian strategy late

Published Feb. 18 2017

When facing the top seed in the district tournament, the game plan is to give yourself the best chance of...

Notre Dame upsets top-seeded CCS to reach district title game [photos]

Published Feb. 17 2017

Thursday night, the Irish put the frustration of the regular season behind them and cashed in on the process, upsetting...

TSSAA announces Mr., Miss Basketball finalists, 3 area players selected

Published Feb. 10 2017

Leadership qualities and versatility are two common traits linking Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard, McMinn Central's Jacobi Lynn and McCallie's Jr....

Lifelong Falcon fans Stephen Hargis and Lindsey Young discuss the Super Bowl

Published Feb. 5 2017

Times Free Press sports editor Stephen Hargis and veteran sports writer Lindsey Young have been lifelong fans of the Atlanta...

McCallie hangs with nation's No. 2 squad

Published Feb. 4 2017

McCallie stood toe to toe with one of the nation's top-ranked prep basketball teams Friday night, but a three-minute span...

Baylor's Brendon Harris is one of the state's top junior recruits

Published Feb. 1 2017

It was just one workout. But the steps Brendon Harris took to make sure he wouldn't miss the opportunity to...

McCallie 22-3 after 59-45 win over rival Baylor [photos]

Published Jan. 28 2017

After having its double-digit lead cut to three points midway through the fourth quarter, McCallie needed a leader to step...

Tracy Malone resigns as Whitwell High School football coach

Published Jan. 23 2017

Tracy Malone has resigned as football coach at Whitwell High School to pursue a career outside the coaching profession.

Marion County girls dominate Lookout Valley, 57-38 [photos]

Published Jan. 20 2017

What was expected to be a showdown for the top spot in District 6-A quickly turned into a showcase for...

Tyner beats state-ranked rival Brainerd, 49-37

Published Jan. 18 2017

Since the boys' basketball season began, Tyner has believed it can be a state tournament contender.

Marion County has five players on all-state football list

Published Dec. 29 2016

The Tennessee Sports Writers Association has released its all-state high school football teams for Class 2A and Class 1A, and...

TSWA 4A, 3A all-state football teams include seven Chattanooga area players

Published Dec. 28 2016

The Tennessee Sports Writers Association has released its 2016 all-state football teams for Class 4A and Class 3A, and the...

Five area players chosen for TSWA 6A, 5A all-state football teams

Published Dec. 27 2016

The Tennessee Sports Writers Association has released its 2016 all-state football teams for Class 6A and Class 5A, and the...

Rams, Lady Lions win Best of Preps third-place games

Published Dec. 24 2016

One night after a disappointing loss to a district rival, and with leading scorer Kevin Cameron sidelined with a bruised...

Kevin Cameron starts fast as Tyner beats Baylor

Published Dec. 21 2016

Kevin Cameron was tired of the slow starts to games by his Tyner basketball team. So the senior guard went...

Even with no state title, Marion County's seniors leave special legacy

Published Dec. 4 2016

Over the course of their four years with the program, this group of seniors compiled a 48-9 overall record, claimed...

Trezevant's Tristian Jackson makes lasting impression for true sportsmanship displayed for injured Warrior

Published Dec. 4 2016

Trezevant defensive back Tristian Jackson made just two tackles during Saturday's Class 2A state title game, but he will be...