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

Tennessee Legislature's new home is less 'middle school,' more 'corporate'

Published Jan. 15 2018

There's a new player this year on Tennessee's Capitol Hill, and some think it will have an effect not just...

Engraved pens, bear meat sausage flavor Bell/Johnson quest for top Tennessee Senate post vacancy that may not occur

Published Jan. 13 2018

Make no mistake, the contest to become the Tennessee Senate's next majority leader is getting downright fierce.

As Trump administration opens door, Beth Harwell pushes TennCare work requirements

Published Jan. 11 2018

The Trump administration's just-announced policy to let states pursue work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid enrollees without young children quickly entered...


Gerald McCormick's bill stirs up transgender-bathroom issue again in Tennessee

Published Jan. 10 2018

Tennessee's transgender school-bathroom controversy is threatening to bubble up again this year in the General Assembly.

Tennessee General Assembly kicks off with House squabble over Medicaid expansion

Published Jan. 9 2018

Tennessee lawmakers began their annual legislative session today with a partisan squabble in the GOP-dominated House over Democrats' call for...

Tennessee lawmakers seek to 'beat the clock' before in-session campaign fundraising ban

Published Jan. 8 2018

Tennessee lawmakers are playing "beat the clock" today and Tuesday.

Tennessee lawmakers hope to focus on opioids, juvenile justice as session begins today

Published Jan. 8 2018

Tennessee lawmakers head to the state Capitol this week to begin annual work in an election-year session expected to be...

Many lawmakers are leaving Tennessee General Assembly

Published Jan. 8 2018

Big changes are in store for the 132-member Tennessee General Assembly next year with at least 21 current lawmakers having...

After toughest month in Senate, Corker looks ahead to full agenda in final year in Washington

Published Jan. 7 2018

Bob Corker says he will leave the U.S. Senate next January in a similar financial standing as when he was...

Corker to join Trump on Air Force One on president's Tennessee trip

Published Jan. 5 2018

Call it the president and senator's most excellent adventure.

Corker warns of Senate 'rebellion' if Mueller is ousted from Russia probe

Published Jan. 5 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is warning of a "rebellion" among Senate Republicans if special counsel Robert Mueller is ousted...

Blackburn bests Fincher in fundraising for Tennessee's U.S. Senate GOP primary

Published Jan. 5 2018

United States Rep. Marsha Blackburn outpaced U.S. Senate GOP primary rival Stephen Fincher in fundraising by more than half of...


Marsha Blackburn says raised $2 million for 2018 U.S. Senate bid

Published Jan. 4 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced today she raised $2 million during the fourth quarter for her 2018 U.S. Senate...

Corker OK on North, South Korea dialogue, agrees with Trump on Pakistan

Published Jan. 4 2018

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says he's "fine" with North and South Korea officials communicating with...

Mid-term blockbuster election awaits Tennesseans in 2018

Published Jan. 2 2018

Tennessee's 2018 election season is shaping up as a major blockbuster, with wide-open races for governor and U.S. Senate as...

Gardenhire, McCormick bills could toss screw ball at potential new Lookouts' stadium

Published Dec. 31 2017

If Chattanooga Lookouts team owners decide to seek public tax support for a new baseball stadium in the city's South...

Black steps down as head of U.S. House Budget Committee to focus on governor bid

Published Dec. 27 2017

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., announced Wednesday she is officially stepping down as chairwoman of the House Budget Committee to...

Gardenhire may renew push for in-state tuition rates for undocumented Tennessee students

Published Dec. 27 2017

State Sen. Todd Gardenhire says he hasn't decided whether to renew his years-long legislative effort to provide in-state college tuition...

Senate confirms Trump nominees to TVA board

Published Dec. 22 2017

The U.S. Senate has confirmed new members to four of five board positions on the Tennessee Valley Authority's nine-member board...

Senator denounces media claims of 'Corker kickback' [video]

Published Dec. 21 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today he still has concerns that the GOP tax reforms adopted Tuesday might add to...