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.

Rams rally, will face Brainerd for 6-AA boys' basketball title

Published Feb. 17 2019

Tyner's boys' basketball team followed a familiar storyline Saturday in reaching the District 6-AA tournament championship.

Pioneers rally in final minute to beat Red Bank in District 6-AA tournament [photos]

Published Feb. 15 2019

With its season on the line, the East Ridge boys' basketball team trailed for all but 30 seconds — and...

Hustlin' Tigers focused in District 6-AA tourney win against Signal Mountain [photos]

Published Feb. 15 2019

By the time he left his victorious team's locker room, the five-pound bag of Valentine's Day candy Howard boys' basketball...

Randall Boldin resigns at Whitwell to take over at Waverly

Published Feb. 13 2019

Randall Boldin guided the Tigers to the TSSAA Class 1A football state championship last season.

Three Chattanooga-area players among Mr. and Miss Basketball finalists

Published Feb. 7 2019

Three local players have been named finalists for the TSSAA Mr. and Miss Basketball awards.

Grant Reynolds is the new football coach at East Hamilton

Published Feb. 7 2019

Grant Reynolds is coming back to his prep coaching roots.

Hal Lamb retires from coaching at Calhoun High School

Published Feb. 7 2019

Hal Lamb, one of the most successful prep coaches — regardless of sport — in Chattanooga-area history, retired Thursday as...

Notre Dame's Cameron Wynn signs with Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic

Published Feb. 6 2019

More even than the sun and surf of the Boca Raton campus, it was the high-octane offense at Florida Atlantic...

List of Chattanooga-area junior football prospects already impressive

Published Feb. 6 2019

The recruiting process ends for dozens of Chattanooga-area high school football players today when they sign their national letters of...

Whitwell football standout Hudson Petty commits to Jacksonville State

Published Feb. 3 2019

Hudson Petty, one of the Chattanooga area's most accomplished and versatile prep football players last season, has made his college...

McCallie gives solid showing in 66-49 loss to national power [photos]

Published Feb. 2 2019

Friday was quite the unique experience for McCallie School junior Jay Hardy.

Hargis: Tom Weathers rightfully joining TSSAA Hall of Fame

Published Jan. 31 2019

Tom Weathers, who coached Red Bank's football team for 29 years, compiled a 222-85 overall record and won a state...


Red Bank's Tom Weathers to be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame

Published Jan. 31 2019

Former Red Bank High School football coach Tom Weathers will be one of nine new members inducted into the TSSAA...

Brainerd boys rally past Howard with energetic fourth quarter [photos]

Published Jan. 26 2019

Instead of accepting their fate, the Panthers turned up the defensive pressure and rallied.

Nick Kurtz sets tone early as Baylor tops McCallie [photos]

Published Jan. 19 2019

In the three days since the Baylor boys' basketball team's first loss of the season, first-year coach Mark Price had...

McCallie junior Jay Hardy's stock booming; offers pour in from top programs including Tennessee, Georgia

Published Jan. 17 2019

One of the main destinations for the nation's top college football programs has been McCallie as coaches come to visit...

Tyner Rams driven by memory of late teammate Javon Craddock

Published Jan. 17 2019

It hangs on a door just outside the Tyner Academy boys' basketball team's locker room. The black jersey with the...

Lookout Valley names Josh Payne football coach

Published Jan. 16 2019

Josh Payne is coming home. Sort of.

South Pittsburg native Chris Jones joins Cleveland Browns coaching staff

Published Jan. 15 2019

Chris Jones, a South Pittsburg native who played collegiately at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has resigned as the...

Prep notebook: Football playoff attendance a concern

Published Jan. 11 2019

During the TSSAA Board of Control meeting Thursday in Nashville, the state's prep sports governing body announced the total attendance...