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.

20th annual Best of Preps jamboree at Finley Stadium is set for Aug. 16-17

Published Jun. 24 2019

The countdown has begun for the high school football season. In fewer than eight weeks teams will take the field...

Tyner's Jeremiah Batiste commits to Ohio's Miami University football program

Published Jun. 19 2019

Even though it's six hours to the north, Jeremiah Batiste said he has come to feel at home with the...

Scrappy Moore coach finalists all state champions

Published Jun. 10 2019

Winning a state championship wasn't a prerequisite for being a finalist for this year's Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year,...

Scrappy Moore female finalists have spectacular achievements

Published Jun. 10 2019

This year's Scrappy Moore Female Athlete of the Year finalists are a remarkable group.

Best of Preps Scrappy Moore award male finalists are versatile stars

Published Jun. 9 2019

Multisport athletes headline this year's six finalists for the Scrappy Moore Male Athlete of the Year.

Meigs County quarterback Aaron Swafford commits to Navy

Published Jun. 3 2019

Aaron Swafford, one of the Chattanooga area's top college football prospects in the rising senior class, saw no reason to...

TSSAA severely punishes Haywood baseball program for incident in state tournament game against Sequatchie County

Published May. 31 2019

The TSSAA has handed down harsh punishment for Haywood High School's baseball team and its overall athletic program.

Chattanooga-area athletes win nine Small Class track state events

Published May. 24 2019


Chattanooga Christian softball team shows pride, resilience despite falling short of state title

Published May. 24 2019

Just a little more than 12 hours after being knocked to the dirt, the Chattanooga Christian School softball team got...

CCS rocked but plays again for softball state title

Published May. 23 2019

Still needing just one win to claim the program's first state championship, Chattanooga Christian School's softball team will need a...

Baylor's second straight baseball state title may only be the start

Published May. 23 2019

The scariest aspect of Baylor's baseball program is not the level of talent that exists up and down the lineup.

Led by Sydney Berzon, Baylor wins fifth straight softball state title

Published May. 23 2019

The players' names change, but the results do not.

Baylor, CCS advance to Division II softball title games

Published May. 22 2019

It was certainly worth the wait.

Chattanooga area's Class A, Division II softball teams win state openers

Published May. 21 2019

It was during a timeout, facing a three-run deficit with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of...

26th annual Spring Fling gets underway in Murfreesboro

Published May. 21 2019

The 26th annual Spring Fling is underway today in Murfreesboro

More than 10,000 high school athletes to meet Tuesday as Spring Fling gets underway

Published May. 20 2019

Months of preparation and perspiration have led to this.

Chattanooga area has several favorites for Spring Fling track titles

Published May. 20 2019

The long and the short of this week's Spring Fling track storyline is that the Chattanooga area just might have...

Whitwell rolls back into softball state tournament

Published May. 18 2019

Just hours after celebrating their high school graduation, four Whitwell seniors helped give their community yet another reason to be...

Marion County rallies for return trip to state tournament

Published May. 17 2019

Besides the obvious motivation of helping her team get back to the softball state tournament, Marion County junior Emmie Sneed...

Logan Weeks' homer sends Bradley Central into Spring Fling

Published May. 16 2019

With an ear-to-ear grin on his face and a death grip on the souvenir baseball in his hand, Bradley Central...