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.

CSAS's Lennex Walker wins Class A/AA state pentathlon

Published May. 23 2017

Lennex Walker was so fast Monday she couldn't even slow down to celebrate.

CSAS senior Lennex Walker looks to put her name in state track records

Published May. 22 2017

While other members of the Class of 2017 spend this week traveling for graduation parties, vacationing or beginning summer jobs,...

Eight-run second inning propels Whitwell past Watertown to Spring Fling [photos]

Published May. 20 2017

When Whitwell softball center fielder Maddie Jordan's older sister made her wedding plans last summer, setting the date for the...

Bradley Central all-state guard commits to University of Kentucky

Published May. 19 2017

Although she still has another year of high school remaining, Rhyne Howard decided it was time to make her college...

Baylor defensive back commits to Tennessee Vols

Published May. 19 2017

Baylor School rising senior defensive back Brendon Harris has committed to the University of Tennessee. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Harris is...

Baylor's Makayla Packer latest Scenic City speedster

Published May. 19 2017

For nearly a decade, Chattanooga has been the home of the state's fastest female prep sprinter.

Arts & Sciences star at sectional track and field meet [photos]

Published May. 18 2017

It didn't take long for Wednesday's TSSAA Class A/AA East sectional track and field meet to turn into Patriots Day.

Whitwell Lady Tigers waste no time in Region 3-A softball victory

Published May. 18 2017

Proof of just how far the Whitwell High School softball team has come in the past month was on display...

Baylor's Wiley Pippenger pays respects to former coach

Published May. 17 2017

Before his approach on each attempt to qualify for the state track and field meet, Baylor high jumper Wiley Pippenger...

Anna Yell awakens Whitwell in time to beat CSAS

Published May. 16 2017

While it was still early, frayed nerves were beginning to creep into the Whitwell softball dugout.

Thomas Baker homer sparks Bucs' 6-5 win over Pirates

Published May. 16 2017

Thomas Baker admits he is not a power hitter.

CCS hires Wes Moore as head golf, assistant girls' basketball coach

Published May. 13 2017

Chattanooga Christian has hired Wes Moore as its new high school and middle school golf coach, as well as girls'...


Whitwell bats batter Marion County for 6-A softball title

Published May. 12 2017

From top to bottom in the lineup, the Whitwell batters decided they had waited long enough. With a chance to...

Brooke Parrott paces Central Lady Pounders to 6-AA softball title

Published May. 11 2017

Aside from a couple of high-fives exchanged among teammates as they walked off the field, it was nearly impossible to...

South Pittsburg claims fourth-straight district baseball title

Published May. 10 2017

Early in the season, with the team struggling to score runs, South Pittsburg baseball coach Brian Paris tweaked the lineup...

Falcons' Vic Beasley still speaker for date-changed Best of Preps banquet

Published May. 5 2017

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

McCallie's Hakim McMorris excelling on and off the track

Published May. 4 2017

Hakim McMorris couldn't help but smile at the question. When asked how difficult it was learning to run the 110-meter...

Dade County's Wolverines roar into state round of 16

Published Apr. 29 2017

Experience and hard work are paying off for Dade County's baseball team, which has reached uncharted territory. For the first...

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...