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.

Bradley Warren resigns as Dade County football coach

Published Apr. 16 2019

After 11 seasons as Dade County's head football coach, Bradley Warren has resigned.

Vols basketball star Admiral Schofield will speak at Best of Preps banquet

Published Apr. 7 2019

Admiral Schofield will be the featured speaker at this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps banquet.

Kip Klein named Ridgeland High School football coach

Published Mar. 29 2019

Longtime assistant coach Kip Klein is getting his chance to run the Ridgeland High School football program.

North Jackson hires Chandler Tygard as new football coach

Published Mar. 25 2019

North Jackson High School in Stevenson, Alabama, has named Chandler Tygard as its new head football coach. Tygard, who has...

Travis Olinger promoted to head coach of Whitwell football program

Published Mar. 20 2019

Wanting to build on the successful foundation that led its football program to last year's Class A state championship, Whitwell...

Warren Smith named new boys' soccer coach at Chattanooga Christian School

Published Mar. 20 2019

Chattanooga Christian School is bringing Warren Smith back to his coaching roots.

GPS takes advantage of Silverdale errors for win [photos]

Published Mar. 20 2019

Sometimes even state-championship level programs have a game where anything that can go wrong does.

Outmanned Brainerd falls to Wooddale in state semifinals [photos]

Published Mar. 15 2019

Despite a mountain of obstacles the Brainerd boys' basketball team had overcome just to reach the state tournament, there was...

Brainerd holds off Pearl Cohn, advances to state semifinals [photos]

Published Mar. 13 2019

In the end, much as it has throughout the season, Brainerd's boys' basketball team found a way.

Howard coach in tears after Hustlin' Tigers fall to East Nashville in state tournament [photos]

Published Mar. 13 2019

For more than five decades, Howard's high school athletic teams have played with the same mantra.

Brainerd, Howard back in state tournament once again [photos]

Published Mar. 12 2019

The two high school programs with the strongest boys' basketball tradition in Chattanooga were considered long shots — for different...

Whitwell rallies for 6-4 softball win at Red Bank [photos]

Published Mar. 12 2019

As season openers go, the lessons Whitwell's softball team learned Tuesday evening could carry over throughout the rest of the...

Baylor blasts CCS in baseball season opener [photos]

Published Mar. 11 2019

Neither the inability to practice much outdoors nor the chilly evening temperatures were enough to cool Baylor School's bats in...

Spring sports preview: Baylor baseball team looks like a hit again

Published Mar. 11 2019

Preseason hype is typically only good for adding extra pressure and setting a team up for a letdown.

Gretchen Hammel named as new CCS girls' soccer coach

Published Mar. 5 2019

Chattanooga Christian School has named Gretchen Hammel as its new girls' soccer coach.

Brainerd returns to state tournament with 49-46 win [photos]

Published Mar. 4 2019

With just under three minutes remaining and his team clinging to a narrow two-point lead, Brainerd basketball coach Levar Brown...

Baylor bid to upset Brentwood Academy in state semifinals falls short [photos]

Published Feb. 28 2019

Despite trailing for much of the game, Brentwood Academy rallied late to defeat Baylor 39-37 in the Division II-AA state...

Eric Ford steps down as boys' basketball coach at Lookout Valley

Published Feb. 28 2019

Eric Ford has stepped down after five seasons as boys' basketball coach at Lookout Valley.

McMinn Central knocks off top-ranked Meigs County for Region 3-AA title

Published Feb. 27 2019

It took an extra period to get it done, but the McMinn Central girls' basketball team upset top-ranked Meigs County...

Red Bank Lions add Ted Gatewood, Shannon Williams to football staff

Published Feb. 27 2019

With the benefit of three months to reflect on his first season as a head football coach, Red Bank's Chris...