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

Haslam seeks to calm fears in sanctuary cities debate as deadline to sign bill nears

Published May. 20 2018

With a Tuesday deadline looming over what action he will take on a controversial "anti-sanctuary cities" bill, Gov. Bill Haslam...

Tennessee State Employees Association endorses Fitzhugh, Harwell

Published May. 18 2018

The Tennessee State Employees Association's political action committee on Friday endorsed state House Speaker Beth Harwell in the state GOP's...

Poll: Tennesseans hold more favorable views of Bredesen over Blackburn

Published May. 17 2018

Buoyed by independents and even some Republicans, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is viewed more favorably by Tennessee voters than...

Black is best known but has highest negatives among Tennessee gubernatorial hopefuls, poll says

Published May. 17 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black is the best-known candidate in Tennessee's governor's race, but she also has the highest negative...

Gov. Haslam to consider former Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble, two others for TBI chief

Published May. 15 2018

Former Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble is among three finalists to be considered by Gov. Bill Haslam as the new...

Gov. Haslam: Tennessee may not renew contract with student testing vendor Questar

Published May. 15 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam said the state is conducting an independent review of its current contractor running the problem-plagued TNReady student...

What Haslam wants to see in choosing new TBI director

Published May. 6 2018

As a commission prepares this month to winnow down to three the number of recommended candidates to lead the Tennessee...

Haslam veto of proton-therapy bill spurs sponsor's call for override session

Published May. 5 2018

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed legislation that sought to allow employees on the state's health plan to use...

Despite environmental objections, Tennessee resumes coal regulation

Published May. 4 2018

Environmentalists say Gov. Bill Haslam made a "terrible decision" in signing into law a bill aimed at putting Tennessee back...

Black urges Haslam to sign controversial anti-sanctuary cities legislation

Published May. 3 2018

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black on Thursday urged Gov. Bill Haslam to sign a controversial anti-"sanctuary city" bill that...

Haslam vetoes bill requiring state pay for alternative cancer treatment

Published May. 3 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam today vetoed legislation that sought to allow employees on the state's health plan to use an alternative...

Beverly Davenport out as University of Tennessee chancellor [document]

Published May. 2 2018

Saying the University of Tennessee at Knoxville "needed a change," UT system President Joe DiPietro on Wednesday effectively fired Chancellor...


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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam plans to look closely at 'sanctuary city' bill

Published May. 2 2018

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he'll take a close look at potential constitutional and other issues before deciding what action...

Political ambition, health, fatigue lead to exodus of Tennessee Legislature incumbents

Published Apr. 30 2018

When the Republican House and Senate speakers' gavels smacked down last week in Tennessee's Legislature, they not only brought to...

Haslam faces 'monumental' decisions on two controversial bills

Published Apr. 28 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam says he is withholding judgment for now on what actions he will take on two controversial monument...

Internal divisions plagued Tennessee lawmakers, Haslam in governor's last legislative session

Published Apr. 27 2018

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and GOP legislative leaders are lauding lawmakers' accomplishments and downplaying internal divisions that often dogged this...

Tennessee bill would decrease state bonanza on business taxes caused by 2017 federal tax overhaul

Published Apr. 27 2018

A bill that largely spares Tennessee corporations from an increase in state taxes otherwise triggered by President Donald Trump's 2017...

Tennessee lawmakers send 'sanctuary city' ban bill to Gov. Haslam

Published Apr. 26 2018

Tennessee lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation banning "sanctuary" city policies that critics say require law enforcement to comply...

Tennessee lawmakers OK new bill to prevent TNReady fiasco from harming teachers

Published Apr. 25 2018

The Tennessee General Assembly's traditional end-of-session jockeying over last-minute bills boiled over into dramatic brinkmanship Wednesday with a focus on...

House stubs out bill banning smoking in vehicles with young children

Published Apr. 25 2018

A bill seeking to ban smoking in cars and trucks where young children are present was gutted in the state...