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.

Garrett Raulston scores four TDs in Pirates' 33-7 romp [photos]

Published Nov. 18 2017

If the first round was a decision, the second round was a knockout.

Rematches highlight area high school football playoffs tonight

Published Nov. 17 2017

Tonight should be a pretty good gauge of whether familiarity does in fact breed contempt. Of the 30 high school...

Hargis: Seniors are big reason McCallie's season is not over yet

Published Nov. 17 2017

The sun had long since disappeared behind the mountains, quickly dropping the temperature enough that you could see your breath...

David Blackburn: Jon Gruden a viable option to coach Vols, would listen to offer

Published Nov. 15 2017

There are few people who care more about the University of Tennessee and its football program than David Blackburn.

Four Chattanooga area players among Mr. Football finalists

Published Nov. 13 2017

Four players from the Chattanooga area were named finalists for the TSSAA Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards Monday.

Pirates smother Red Devils in 49-0 Class 1A playoff win

Published Nov. 11 2017

For all the first-half struggles on offense, South Pittsburg's defense was dominant throughout, and that was the difference Friday night.

Meigs County standout Martin Smith pushes on after family tragedy

Published Nov. 10 2017

About 10 minutes before tonight's second-round playoff game kicks off, Meigs County High School's football locker room will be a...

Jacob Saylors leads Marion County football team's turnaround

Published Nov. 10 2017

For the better part of his first three varsity football seasons, Jacob Saylors proved to be a special talent.

Here's a preview of tonight's Chattanooga area high school football matchups

Published Nov. 10 2017

The Red Devils and Pirates last met seven years ago in a state championship game won by South Pittsburg...

Red Bank's Madox Wilkey is area prep football player of the week

Published Nov. 7 2017

Neither the big stage of the playoffs nor an opposing defense designed to put the game's outcome in his hands...

Hargis: Marion County, South Pittsburg, Whitwell stand out in first round

Published Nov. 4 2017

There's always a little extra electricity around the first Friday night of the prep football playoffs.

Nine Chattanooga-area players are Mr. Football semifinalists

Published Nov. 3 2017

Nine players from the Chattanooga area were among those named semifinalists for the TSSAA's annual Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards...


Faith, family, football have changed Chattanooga Christian star Mondo Ellison's life

Published Nov. 3 2017

There are times — whether it's walking across Chattanooga Christian School's pristine campus or even during the wearisome grind of...

Ooltewah's Kyrell Sanford is area player of the week

Published Oct. 31 2017

With the season on the line and their top offensive weapon out with an injury, Ooltewah football coaches put the...

Notre Dame preparing for prospect of deep run in prep football playoffs

Published Oct. 29 2017

Knowing it would only be natural for his team to look ahead, considering how well it had been playing and...

Jacob Saylors-led Marion County rolls over Polk [photo gallery]

Published Oct. 28 2017

Fair warning for the rest of the Class 2A East bracket: After struggling earlier in the season, Marion County has...

Tyrus Ward building solid foundation at Brainerd [photos]

Published Oct. 27 2017

The most important aspect of any structure, regardless of its size or age, is its foundation.

Youth serves Pirates in 56-0 regular-season finale [photos]

Published Oct. 27 2017

It was senior night, the final home game of the football regular season, but the underclassmen were the ones showing...

Tonight's area high school football previews

Published Oct. 27 2017


Hargis: Football is good medicine for Tellico Plains coach John Mullinax

Published Oct. 27 2017

Much like he has for the past 47 falls, John Mullinax is about to spend another Friday night pacing under...