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.

East Ridge Pioneers' Alonzo Russell has prep performance of the week

Published Oct. 16 2018

It took Alonzo Russell longer than he expected to adjust to his new position. But since he has, it's changed...

No. 5 Whitwell romps past No. 2 Pirates, 34-12 [photos]

Published Oct. 12 2018

The streak, the Region 3-1A championship and home-field advantage in the playoffs all now belong to Whitwell.

Prep football playoff picture will become clearer tonight

Published Oct. 12 2018

Baylor's visit to McCallie and South Pittsburg's trip to Whitwell are among the key games in region races.

Prep football notebook: Trion's latest win was power-packed

Published Oct. 12 2018

Trion's 26-7 win over Christian Heritage last week was just what it needed to rise into the top 10 of...

Chiefs' Lee Witherspoon is again area's top performer

Published Oct. 9 2018

It was going to take an extra special effort to stand out among last Friday's prep football performances. Once again,...

Difficult early years a faint memory for Marion's Ermiyas Bowden [photos]

Published Oct. 5 2018

Snapshots. Small snippets of mental images are the only real memories Ermiyas Bowden has of his childhood in Ethiopia.

Dylan Standifer leads Bradley Central to 42-8 rout of Soddy-Daisy [photos]

Published Oct. 5 2018

In what was expected to be a track meet on grass, Bradley Central's offense was in full stride before Soddy-Daisy...

Eagles' Drew Lowry has prep performance of the week

Published Oct. 2 2018

There was no doubt that Drew Lowry had the talent to be a big-time playmaker for Signal Mountain's football team...

North Jackson 5-0 after smothering Scottsboro, 56-3 [photos]

Published Sep. 29 2018

For all the attention senior running back Lee Witherspoon has gained for putting up video-game type numbers this football season...

Panel picked for Boyd-Buchanan's search for football coach

Published Sep. 28 2018

An eight-person panel will work with administrators to find Boyd-Buchanan's next football coach.

Grace Academy's Cade Tinsley earns performance of the week

Published Sep. 25 2018

Arguably the most impressive aspect of what Cade Tinsley does each Friday night is that he's able to put up...

Vols football: Bits and pieces

Published Sep. 23 2018

Analysis and scoring details from Tennessee's loss to Florida on Saturday.


Whitwell 6-0 after rolling past Polk County, 49-25

Published Sep. 22 2018

More than halfway through the season, Whitwell's starters are still waiting for a full four-quarter test.

Chiefs' Lee Witherspoon earns performance of the week

Published Sep. 18 2018

For someone who never previously had played running back, Lee Witherspoon is making the transition look easy.

Martin Smith leads Meigs County to victory in return from injury [photos]

Published Sep. 14 2018

The state's top-ranked Class 2A team is getting healthy, and that's a scary fact for everyone left on Meigs County's...

Pressure cooker: The stress of coaching can harm one's health

Published Sep. 14 2018

Howard coach John Starr is among a large number of Chattanooga-area prep football coaches who admitted the stress of their...

Whitwell's Josh Wingo has prep performance of the week

Published Sep. 11 2018

So far this season the only frustrating part of Friday nights for Josh Wingo has been getting enough opportunities to...

South Pittsburg routs Marion for Vic Grider's 200th win, 42-6 [photos]

Published Sep. 8 2018

Chattanooga area high school football game results as they happen.

Kevin Rodriguez feels 'complete' after finally getting to know his father

Published Sep. 7 2018

There is a Cuban proverb that says, "A love that can last forever takes but a second to come about."

Pirates play tonight for Vic Grider's 200th coaching win

Published Sep. 7 2018

There is more riding on the outcome of tonight's Marion County football game at South Pittsburg than bragging rights in...