Andy Sher (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 615-255-0550
E-mail: asher@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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 asher@timesfreepress.com

Alexander, Corker hold off on full-throated endorsement of Senate GOP health care plan

Published Jun. 22 2017

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today praised much of Senate Republican leaders' newly released "discussion draft" health care bill to repeal...

Tennessee Democrats slam Alexander, Corker over GOP secrecy on Obamacare repeal bill

Published Jun. 20 2017

Tennessee Democrats are turning up the heat on the state's two Republican U.S. senators — Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker...

Six Tennessee congressmen support effort to secure 'long term solution' for federal highway funding

Published Jun. 20 2017

Six of Tennessee's nine congressmen have signed on to a letter in which a majority of U.S. House members are...


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Haslam gives advice to gubernatorial hopefuls

Published Jun. 15 2017

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is keeping a keen eye on the 2018 campaign to succeed him but says he won't...

Virginia shooting serves as grim reminder for Tennessee Highway Patrol of lurking danger

Published Jun. 14 2017

At Tennessee's state Capitol, the Virginia shooting was a grim reminder of an ever-present risk for Tennessee Highway Patrol Capt....

Gas station tycoon Jimmy Haslam opposes Trump's plan to privatize interstate rest areas

Published Jun. 14 2017

NASHVILLE — A national coalition of truck stop and travel plaza operators, restaurants, trucking firms and others are urging key...

New state anti-litter campaign: "Nobody Trashes Tennessee"

Published Jun. 13 2017

NASHVILLE — With an estimated 100 million pieces of trash on Tennessee roadways and more than $15 million spent a...

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader said to be vetted for possible federal judgeship

Published Jun. 12 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a likely 2018 GOP candidate for governor, is being vetted as a possible Trump administration...

Area delegates weigh in on Comey testimony

Published Jun. 9 2017

Tennessee congressional delegates' reactions to fired FBI Director James Comey's Capitol Hill testimony on Thursday about Russia and President Donald...

U.S. Rep. Black says Trump 'made the right call' to fire Comey [video]

Published Jun. 8 2017

A Tennessee Republican congressman today praised President Donald Trump for having fired then-FBI Director James Comey last month following the...

Governor hopeful ropes in $1.3 million at Franklin, Tenn. fundraiser

Published Jun. 8 2017

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee brought in $1.3 million at his first major fundraiser Tuesday evening in his hometown...

Tennessee GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee raises $1.3 million at first major fundraiser

Published Jun. 7 2017

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee brought in $1.3 million Tuesday evening at his first major fundraiser Tuesday evening in...


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'Time to act is now' on Obamacare repeal, replacement, Price tells Tennessee health care professionals

Published Jun. 7 2017

As Republican senators in the nation's capital continued struggling Tuesday over a replacement agreement on Obamacare, Health and Human Services...

Haslam takes issue with GOP gubernatorial hopeful's call to repeal gas tax hike

Published Jun. 5 2017

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday questioned a pledge by state Sen. Mae Beavers, a GOP lawmaker who hopes to...

Governor's outsourcing contract could have huge impact on UTC, Chattanooga State

Published Jun. 5 2017

An estimated 110 facilities management workers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga won't learn until later this year whether...

Peyton Manning apparently joins Donald Trump, Bob Corker on Sunday golf outing

Published Jun. 4 2017

In a move bound to start political rumors flying yet again about his future Tennessee political aspirations, two-time Superbowl champion...

Mae Beavers declares she's running for governor in Tennessee

Published Jun. 4 2017

Republican state Sen. Mae Beavers on Saturday formally launched her 2018 campaign for governor, pledging to bring to the Tennessee...

Mark Green won't resume campaign for Tennessee governor, eyes Washington, D.C., instead [video]

Published Jun. 2 2017

Tennessee Republican Mark Green today firmly closed the door on re-starting his GOP gubernatorial primary campaign but is looking at...

Alexander downplays U.S. climate accord exit, calls for doubling energy research

Published Jun. 2 2017

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander isn't all that concerned by President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the...

UTC vice provost among finalists for UT system vice president for academic affairs

Published Jun. 1 2017

The University of Tennessee system today announced four finalists in their search a new vice president for Academic Affairs and...