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 remain unbeaten with impressive win [photos]

Published Dec. 8 2018

Many of the names have changed, but the expectations have not.

Prep notebook: Bearette Hall of Fame for girls' basketball set to induct three

Published Dec. 7 2018

Bradley Central High School will induct three new members into its Bearette Hall of Fame for girls' basketball on Saturday....

Whitwell wins TSSAA Class 1A football state title

Published Dec. 1 2018

The Whitwell High School football program is going home with a state title in first appearance in a championship game.

Whitwell set to play for TSSAA Class 1A football state title

Published Dec. 1 2018

For the first time in program history, the Whitwell Tigers will play for a football state title.

Howard surge ends drought against Brainerd, 67-46

Published Dec. 1 2018

Marquez Williams wasn't quite sure how to react.

Meigs County's Aaron Swafford wins Mr. Football award

Published Nov. 25 2018

Aaron Swafford's standout season has been recognized with an elite honor.

South Pittsburg native Chris Jones named CFL's top coach

Published Nov. 24 2018

Chris Jones, who played at UTC, has been named the Canadian Football League's coach of the year.

Meigs County falls 32-29 in TSSAA Class 2A state semifinal at Trousdale County

Published Nov. 23 2018

Meigs County's playoff run is over, one win shy of a trip to the title game.

Meigs County, Whitwell face traditional powers in state semifinals [photos]

Published Nov. 23 2018

There is just one more hurdle to be cleared for the Chattanooga area's two remaining teams in the TSSAA football...

Whitwell beats South Pittsburg in double overtime to reach state semifinals [photos]

Published Nov. 17 2018

With the game's outcome — and the weight of an entire community's hopes — resting on his shoulders, Hudson Petty...

McCallie defense has scattered, covered, smothered opponents this season

Published Nov. 16 2018

The process is comparable to watching a boa constrictor slowly squeeze the life out of its prey.

South Pittsburg-Whitwell rematch highlights tonight's TSSAA football playoffs for Chattanooga area

Published Nov. 16 2018

There's a very familiar feel to the third round of the TSSAA football playoffs for the Chattanooga area.


Cal Sneller, Jimmy Weekley resign as CCS soccer coaches

Published Nov. 13 2018

One of the area's most successful high schools in soccer is looking for new leadership for both its boys' and...

Prep basketball season set to tip off

Published Nov. 13 2018

After an offseason filled with change, the area high school basketball season is set to tip off tonight.

Four Chattanooga-area players named Mr. Football finalists

Published Nov. 12 2018

Four high school players from the Chattanooga area have been named finalists for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football award in...

Pirates awaken, rally past Gordonsville, 27-14

Published Nov. 10 2018

After sleepwalking through the first half, South Pittsburg woke up in time to rally for four consecutive touchdowns and a...

Receiver Jeremiah Batiste 'ignites' Tyner's offense

Published Nov. 9 2018

Wayne Turner is not easily impressed.

Expect more drama in second round of TSSAA football playoffs

Published Nov. 9 2018

The mismatches, for the most part, are over and the drama of the TSSAA football playoffs should begin in earnest...

Which Grace Academy player turned in the performance of the week?

Published Nov. 6 2018

Which Grace Academy player turned in the performance of the week?

Sequatchie County surges past Brainerd, 34-14 [photos]

Published Nov. 2 2018

With his team badly in need of a shot of adrenaline, Collin Hudson did what senior quarterbacks are expected to...