Andy Sher (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 615-255-0550
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, politics and general assignment beats. He was won public service, investigative, deadline and project awards from the Tennessee Press Association, Common Cause of Tennessee, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists and Remove Intoxicated Drivers. Andy grew up in Chattanooga. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Andy is a past chairman of the Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps and served as an acting director of the Regional Reporters Association while in Washington. Contact Andy at 615-255-0550 or

Proposed Fall Creek Falls outsourcing process back on track with tighter oversight

Published Mar. 24 2017

The State Building Commission will now have firmer control over building-related aspects of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plans for outsourcing...

Doctors who treated Woodmore students help move bus seat belt bill through House panel

Published Mar. 23 2017

NASHVILLE — A bill requiring all Tennessee school buses be equipped with safety restraint systems by mid-2023 cleared its first...

Mandatory school bus seat belt bill clears Tennessee House panel

Published Mar. 22 2017

A state House panel today voted to send a bill requiring Tennessee school buses be equipped with safety belts by...

Gov. Haslam gas tax bill plows through Tennessee House panel's traffic jam

Published Mar. 22 2017

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to recharge Tennessee transportation spending with the state's first gas tax increase in 28 years...

School voucher bill targeting Shelby County spurs debate in Tennessee House panel

Published Mar. 21 2017

A school voucher bill that targets Shelby County only moved through its first major House panel Tuesday amid testy debate...

Tennessee House panel approves Haslam's transportation funding bill

Published Mar. 21 2017

After two weeks of delay and open confrontation, a key Tennessee House panel this afternoon approved an amended version of...

Legislation requiring seat belts on school buses could cost Tennessee $58.7 million

Published Mar. 21 2017

State Rep. JoAnne Favors' legislation requiring safety belts on all Tennessee school buses by mid-2023 would cost the state an...

Panel looks to amend Fall Creek Falls outsourcing plan

Published Mar. 20 2017

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam's administration hopes to get its controversial outsourcing proposal for Fall Creek Falls State Park back...

Beth Harwell tells former Tennessee Republican Party chairwoman she's running for 2018 gubernatorial bid

Published Mar. 19 2017

NASHVILLE — For well over a year, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has held her cards close over whether she...

Tennessee Representative uses her mother's story in crusade to change photo ID law

Published Mar. 17 2017

State Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, celebrated her mother's 94th birthday on the House floor Thursday by pointedly telling the GOP-controlled...

Favors says 94-year old mom can't get voter registration under TN law

Published Mar. 16 2017

Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, celebrated her mother's 94th birthday today.

Trump pledges to fight 'terrible' court ruling blocking latest travel ban order [video]

Published Mar. 16 2017

NASHVILLE — President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday night at a federal judge in Hawaii, who earlier in the day...

Gov. Haslam uncertain how U.S. House GOP health plan will affect Tennessee

Published Mar. 14 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam said today he still doesn't know how a U.S. House Republican plan that seeks to replace the...

Will Tennessee House Republicans go along with retooled road funding plan?

Published Mar. 14 2017

The state Senate Transportation Committee on Monday approved a retooled version of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed gas tax plan to...

Tennessee resolution calls out California for travel ban, warns of 'economic civil war'

Published Mar. 14 2017

The Tennessee Senate voted 25-3 Monday night for a resolution chastising the state of California over imposing a ban on...

Senate panel lowers amount of Haslam gas tax proposal, cuts grocery tax by 20 percent

Published Mar. 13 2017

The Tennessee Senate Transportation Committee today approved a retooled version of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's roads program, shaving off the...

Persistence may pay off for Bo Watson on insuror/provider contract bill

Published Mar. 11 2017

About this time last year, state Sen. Bo Watson's bill making insurers let health providers know up front about contract...

Finance commissioner says Tennessee is 'intellectually and morally' obligated to look at Fall Creek Falls outsourcing

Published Mar. 9 2017

State Finance Commissioner Larry Martin on Wednesday zealously defended the Haslam administration's continuing push to outsource services, suggesting to state...

Tennessee's rural electric cooperatives can offer video services under amended broadband bill

Published Mar. 9 2017

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's rural electric cooperatives will be allowed to offer video to customers as well as broadband services under...

Haslam's rural broadband bill amended, moves in House panel

Published Mar. 8 2017

Tennessee's rural electric cooperatives will be allowed to offer video to customers as well as broadband services under an amended...