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

Fox host Clay Travis who believes in 'the First Amendment and boobs' may challenge Corker in senate race

Published Sep. 21 2017

A Nashville-based Fox Sports Radio host may jump into Tennessee's 2018 U.S. Senate race as an independent candidate.

Haslam: Latest GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is 'home run for Tennessee'

Published Sep. 20 2017

The latest Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace proposal is "a home run for Tennessee," Gov. Bill Haslam, R-Tenn., said Wednesday.

Haslam backs last-ditch effort to replace Affordable Care Act

Published Sep. 20 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is among a group of 15 Republican governors calling on GOP senators to back a last-ditch...


Wealthy Nashville auto dealer forms Super PAC to back Corker GOP primary challenger

Published Sep. 19 2017

An influential conservative auto dealer announced today he is creating a "Super PAC" to "focus" on electing Republican U.S. Senate...

TN Attorney General Slatery leading coalition of states demanding documents from opioid manufacturers

Published Sep. 19 2017

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery today announced a Tennessee-led bipartisan coalition of the nation's state attorney generals who are now...

Sticks and carrots: Haslam calls for food stamp work requirement, boost in welfare payments

Published Sep. 19 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will reinstate federal food stamp work requirements for an estimated 58,000 adults without dependents...

Haslam to reinstate federal work requirements for 58,000 food stamp recipients

Published Sep. 18 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and administration officials today announced plans to reinstate federal work requirements for "able-bodied" adults without dependents...

Americans for Prosperity leader challenging Corker for Senate seat

Published Sep. 14 2017

The head of Americans for Prosperity's Tennessee chapter, Andy Ogles, said Thursday he is running for the U.S. Senate seat...

Corker on seeking third term: 'Very soon I'll make my plans known'

Published Sep. 14 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said today he will make his intentions known "very soon" on whether he will seek...

As Corker weighs third Senate term, Green and Carr seriously consider challenges

Published Sep. 14 2017

Political troubles from the hard right may be multiplying at home for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., with a sitting...

Harwell rules out privatizing functions at Tennessee parks if elected governor

Published Sep. 13 2017

Republican Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell on Tuesday ruled out privatizing hospitality, food and other functions at Tennessee state parks...

Corker says he'll decide 2018 Senate race at 'appropriate time'

Published Sep. 11 2017

Amid renewed speculation that he won't seek re-election next year, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, repeated Monday what he's been...


Haslam orders health aid for Irma victims

Published Sep. 10 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam on Saturday signed an executive order ensuring evacuees fleeing Hurricane Irma can get needed medical treatment and...

Federal oversight ends over how Tennessee cares for intellectually disabled

Published Sep. 8 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the end of years of federal oversight over how the state cares for its...

DesJarlais warns U.S. military readiness "crisis is deepening"

Published Sep. 7 2017

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., warned Thursday that the deaths of 17 U.S. service members in two recent Navy ship...

Haslam, other governors urge Congress to take steps to 'prevent collapse' of insurance market

Published Sep. 7 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday urged Congress to "move quickly to stabilize" the nation's individual health insurance market and...

Harwell praises Trump's move to end DACA, backs decision to keep Forrest bust

Published Sep. 6 2017

Tennessee Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell on Wednesday praised President Donald Trump's decision to end an Obama-era program that protects...

State panel recommends more funds, restrictions to combat Tennessee opioid crisis

Published Sep. 6 2017

Two dozen new Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents, a multifaceted public awareness campaign and an end to anyone walking into...

Panel may soon take up issue of removing Forrest bust from Tennessee state Capitol

Published Aug. 28 2017

Efforts to remove a bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest from Tennessee's state Capitol could take a major step...

Haslam leaves privatizing state park management decision to next Tennessee governor

Published Aug. 24 2017

The Haslam administration is abandoning all efforts to outsource management of Fall Creek Falls State Park and other state parks...