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

Haslam proposes $30 million budget to boost school safety

Published Mar. 20 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing $30 million to boost school safety across the state.

Bill aimed at helping rural hospitals with state-funded pros advances in Tennessee Legislature

Published Mar. 20 2018

Struggling hospitals in rural parts of Tennessee could become eligible for state-supported business and technical expertise to maintain or reclaim...

Tennessee House approves bill seeking federal OK for Medicaid work requirement

Published Mar. 19 2018

The Tennessee House voted Monday night to direct the Haslam administration to seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules to...

Effort to move President Polk's remains fails in House; underage marriage ban bill falters in Senate

Published Mar. 19 2018

The Tennessee House said no Monday to a controversial resolution that would have allowed the body of President James K....

Sen. Bob Corker discusses life after Congress

Published Mar. 18 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says he has "no idea" what he'll do once he leaves Congress in January, but...

Critics hope to amend Haslam's UT board bill in Senate committee Wednesday

Published Mar. 18 2018

Critics are hoping to amend Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed overhaul of the University of Tennessee's governance system this week when...

Democratic leader charges Harwell Medicaid-work requirement 'political stunt' for votes in governor's race

Published Mar. 17 2018

A top state House Democrat charged Friday that Republican Speaker Beth Harwell has relied on financing gimmicks to pay for...

Legislators strike back at California ban on state-funded travel to Volunteer State [document]

Published Mar. 16 2018

Tennessee's Senate and House speakers say no state funds will go toward funding lawmakers' attendance at a legislative conference in...

Haslam, health care providers break stalemate on opioid prescription crackdown

Published Mar. 16 2018

A weekslong legislative stalemate between Gov. Bill Haslam and health providers over the administration's proposed crackdown on narcotic painkiller prescriptions...

Compromise on Tennessee underage-marriage bill boosts chances of passage

Published Mar. 15 2018

Legislation seeking to ban most underage marriages in Tennessee appears to have a clear path to the House floor after...

Black blasts House panel approval of in-state tuition for undocumented students

Published Mar. 14 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black today blasted a Tennessee House panel's approval of a bill on Tuesday that would allow...

In-state tuition bill for undocumented students clears first Tennessee House panel speed bump

Published Mar. 13 2018

A bill that allows some undocumented students living in Tennessee to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities...


Citing God and Trump, conservative pastors' group urges rejection of Sunday wine, liquor bottle sales

Published Mar. 13 2018

A group of conservative pastors are praying and calling on state lawmakers to reject a bill in the General Assembly...

Bill restricting child marriages resurrected on Tennessee House floor

Published Mar. 12 2018

A legislative effort to restrict child marriages in Tennessee got back on track Monday night after the state House voted...

New Bredesen ad says he's 'not running against Donald Trump'

Published Mar. 12 2018

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen released a new television ad Monday.

Tennessee ranks 10th nationally in fraud complaints, Chattanooga No. 37 among top metro areas

Published Mar. 12 2018

Tennessee ranks No. 10 nationally in per-capita consumer complaints about fraud and other issues with Chattanooga holding down the No....

State House to consider putting child marriage ban bill back in play

Published Mar. 11 2018

An effort to ban child marriage in Tennessee could get new life Monday, with the Republican-controlled House expected to consider...

U.S. Senate hopefuls Bredesen, Blackburn worried about Trump tariffs' impact on Tennessee

Published Mar. 9 2018

President Donald Trump's move to impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum has landed in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's school safety working group gets underway

Published Mar. 9 2018

In a state that has just 865 school resource officers tasked with protecting an estimated 1 million students, Tennessee has...

Mike Carter-led panel rolls anti-bump stock bill, delays testimony from Las Vegas shooting survivors

Published Mar. 7 2018

A Republican-run House panel delayed on Wednesday Democrats' gun bills until its final meeting, including a measure to ban gun...