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.

Prep football season set to kick off after record number of coaching changes

Published Aug. 20 2019

The prep football coaching carousel that spins after each season seemed to be whirling out of control in the months...

Hustlin' Tigers stand out at final day of Best of Preps Jamboree

Published Aug. 18 2019

Howard rolled to wins in each of its two quarters during Saturday's Best of Preps Jamboree at Finley Stadium.

Whitwell holds out its starters in Sequatchie Valley Jamboree

Published Aug. 16 2019

Knowing their season opener is coming up in just five days - and a second game three days after that...

100 YARDS: Dade County coach Dale Pruitt talks about football program foundations, players, previous experience and more

Published Aug. 16 2019

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View the Times Free Press high school football preseason polls

Published Aug. 16 2019

The annual prep football special section produced by the Times Free Press sports team is live online and available as...

Jamborees kicking off prep football season in the Chattanooga region

Published Aug. 16 2019

The wait is over.

Meet the 2019 Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen

Published Aug. 16 2019

2019 Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen

Fearless Predictions from Times Free Press sports writers

Published Aug. 16 2019

Times Free Press fearless predictions for 2019:

It's Showtime! Curtain rises on another prep football season

Published Aug. 16 2019

The rehearsals - scrimmages and seemingly endless practice reps - are finally over, and beginning tonight it's time for high...

Baylor Red Raiders have plenty of game experience up front

Published Aug. 16 2019

The Red Raiders have plenty of game experience up front, led by five offensive linemen who started last season, and...

Bradley Central Bears have plenty of reasons for optimism

Published Aug. 16 2019

The Bears' offensive line includes four seniors — Dills, Holyfield, Tipton and Fox — among the returning starters, all with...

Brainerd Panthers look to build on playoff run

Published Aug. 16 2019

Xiyeer Lattimore is entering his third season as the team's starting quarterback and not only showed great improvement last season...


Chattanooga Christian Chargers ready to challenge within DII-AA region

Published Aug. 16 2019

The junior and senior classes are strong, particularly in the offensive backfield where the Chargers will have more speed than...

Copper Basin Cougars ready to take return to playoffs

Published Aug. 16 2019

The Cougars lost only four seniors from last year's team, and having 19 total starters back, with a year of...

East Hamilton Hurricanes look to rebound under Grant Reynolds

Published Aug. 16 2019

With a coaching change that brought in a proven championship-caliber coach in Grant Reynolds - who directed both Boyd Buchanan...

Grundy County continues to work to build confidence

Published Aug. 16 2019

There is experience along both the offensive and defensive lines.

Howard Hustlin' Tigers hope confidence carries over

Published Aug. 16 2019

The Hustlin' Tigers will open a new stadium this season with plans of building on to the foundation they laid...

Lookout Valley Yellow Jackets building on strong foundation

Published Aug. 16 2019

The carry-over from last year's successful playoff run, plus the energy of the new staff, gives the team a shot...

Marion County Warriors ready to rebound

Published Aug. 16 2019

The overall team size and speed have improved since last season.

McCallie Blue Tornado ready to challenge for top spot

Published Aug. 16 2019

With so much experience returning to an offense that averaged more than 30 points in 10 wins last year, McCallie...