Stephen Hargis (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6293
E-mail: shargis@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

Second-half push helps Howard top Brainerd 33-12

Published Aug. 20 2017

After a back-and-forth first half in which the two teams mirrored each other in nearly every phase — yardage, penalties...

South Pittsburg defense holds late to outlast Sequatchie County

Published Aug. 19 2017

In snapping a three-game losing streak to the Indians, South Pittsburg rallied twice from seven-point deficits and made two huge...

Hargis: Things I know about the 2017 prep football season

Published Aug. 18 2017

As we get set for the first Friday night of the 2017 prep football season, here are a few things...


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Purple Pounders outlast Mustangs, 48-36 [photos]

Published Aug. 18 2017

Teachers, please excuse any Central High School football players who have a harder time than usual focusing in class today.

This week's area prep football previews

Published Aug. 18 2017

Here are this week's area prep football previews.

Preps Football Preview: Editor's Note

Published Aug. 18 2017

One of my favorite childhood memories was sitting in front of the television, holding a big bowl of Froot Loops...

Marion County big winner at Sequatchie Valley jamboree [photos]

Published Aug. 12 2017

It might only have been a jamboree, but Jacob Saylors knows the importance of not having to hear trash talk.

Prep football jamborees start tonight

Published Aug. 11 2017

Friday nights in the Chattanooga area now officially belong to high school football once again. Three jamborees will be played...

Division II-AAA Preview: Baylor, McCallie look to compete with midstate foes

Published Aug. 9 2017

The coaching staffs at both Baylor and McCallie believe they have closed the gap between themselves and midstate football powerhouse...

Tyner picked to win 3-2A, but Marion is still a title threat

Published Aug. 2 2017

Marion County has won 11 straight Region 3-2A games — by an average of 37 points — and two of...

Experienced Whitwell expected to challenge Pirates in 3-1A

Published Aug. 1 2017

In each of the two years since Vic Grider returned to coaching his alma mater, South Pittsburg has crept one...

E'Jay Ward named Tyner basketball coach

Published Jul. 28 2017

This winter when Tyner's boys' basketball team makes the short trip to Brainerd to renew one of the city's top...

Annual prep football practice tour includes 21 teams [photos]

Published Jul. 25 2017

As tough as it is to believe, we have less than a month before another high school football season kicks...

Sequatchie Valley jamboree schedule announced

Published Jul. 18 2017

The annual Sequatchie Valley football jamboree, one of the oldest in Tennessee, has been set for Friday, Aug. 11, at...

Best of Preps jamboree schedule set

Published Jul. 16 2017

With only about a month remaining before the 2017 high school football season kicks off, the schedule has been set...

Twenty local athletes named track all state

Published Jul. 4 2017

A total of 20 local athletes have been named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state track & field team.

Best of Preps coach finalists directed amazing seasons

Published Jun. 27 2017

One didn't have to win a state championship this past school term to become a finalist for the Scrappy Moore...

Best of Preps female finalists abound in state titles

Published Jun. 26 2017

The six finalists for this year's Scrappy Moore Female Athlete of the Year award have a combined 13 state championships...

Best of Preps male finalists nationally noticed

Published Jun. 25 2017

Multisport stars and nationally rated specialists headline this year's six finalists for the Scrappy Moore Male Athlete of the Year...

Best of Preps banquet just over a week away

Published Jun. 18 2017

In just more than a week the Times Free Press will honor the area's top high school athletes and coaches...