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.

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.

Van Buren boys win third straight District 6-A title

Published Feb. 22 2017

It was the only thing that could've made Caden Mills put down the District 6-A tournament MVP plaque he held...


Marion girls top Van Buren, 70-56, for District 6-A title

Published Feb. 21 2017

The only thing brighter than Emily Webb's mouth full of braces shining in the gym lights were the two gold...

Legendary Howard coach Henry Bowles remembered fondly

Published Feb. 20 2017

Countless stories — decades of memories collected by thousands of people whose lives he touched — began being swapped early...

Legendary Howard High School basketball coach dies at 80

Published Feb. 19 2017

Legendary Howard High School basketball coach Henry Bowles, 80, passed away early Sunday morning after a lengthy illness. He was...

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...