Stephen Hargis


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Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated Press Sports Editors' conference in Kissimmee Fla., and has twice been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with Green Eyeshade southeast regional awards, where his work was recognized for its high standards of ethical journalism. He also has an Associated Press national award for his season-long story following the Taft Youth Center football program.

This year Stephen took first place in the Associated Press Media Editors awards for sports reporting and was named the state's overall Writer of the Year as well as Best Prep Writer, Best Investigative Writer and Best News Writer by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. He also received a first-place Award of Excellence given by the Society of Professional Journalists and was recognized in the Tennessee Press Association's Best Sports Writing category.

Stephen has been recognized as the state’s top prep writer a record 16 times and has won 23 other state awards including the prestigious Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club’s Sports Writer of the Year and the TSSAA’s Sportsmanship Award for Contributor of the Year in the state.

In 2013 Stephen co-authored a book about University of Tennessee football with TFP sports editor Jay Greeson entitled “Game of my life”. Stephen has two children, Riley and Lauren.

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