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

Tennessee GOP lawmakers cautious on Trump proposals to address mass shootings

Published Feb. 23 2018

President Donald Trump's endorsement of raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles, ban "bump stocks" and boost gun background...

Mike Bell: Haslam's UT board overhaul bill an 'old, tough piece of bear meat'

Published Feb. 22 2018

Likening Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to overhaul the University of Tennessee's governing board to an "old, tough piece of bear...

Compromise eases path for Sunday wine and liquor bottle sales in Tennessee

Published Feb. 21 2018

A bill to legalize Sunday wine and liquor bottle sales in Tennessee easily cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday after...


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McNally urges GOP to 'rally' around Blackburn U.S. Senate bid

Published Feb. 21 2018

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally on Wednesday threw his support to Marsha Blackburn's U.S. Senate GOP primary bid, calling on Republicans...

Despite tweaks, critics continue to questions purpose of Haslam's UT board plan

Published Feb. 21 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed plan to reduce the size of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees came under renewed...

AFP, Committee to Defend President behind Blackburn even if Corker gets in

Published Feb. 20 2018

Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, and another political action committee that supports President...

Tennessee governor's plan to restructure UT Board of Trustees draws concerns

Published Feb. 19 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to downsize the University of Tennessee system's governing board faces headwinds from some state lawmakers as...

Fincher exits Senate GOP primary race, calls on Corker to run

Published Feb. 16 2018

In a major shake up of Tennessee's U.S. Senate GOP primary, former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher said late Friday afternoon...

Black campaign under fire over pollution rule, campaign contributions

Published Feb. 15 2018

U.S. Rep. Diane Black is coming under harsh criticism after the Republican gubernatorial hopeful's campaign collected at least $225,000 from...

Nearly 87,000 adult TennCare enrollees could be affected under work requirement plan

Published Feb. 14 2018

As many as 86,400 able-bodied adult enrollees on Tennessee's Medicaid program could be affected by a bill that seeks to...

Corker aide: Senator 'listening closely' to those urging him to enter Senate race

Published Feb. 13 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is publicly moving closer to reconsidering his decision to retire, with a spokeswoman saying Tuesday...

Bredesen slams Trump plan to sell TVA power transmission lines

Published Feb. 13 2018

U.S. Senate Democratic hopeful Phil Bredesen on Tuesday slammed President Trump's budget proposal calling for the sale of TVA's transmission...

Bo Watson's bill on independent contractors stirs Tennessee Senate debate

Published Feb. 13 2018

The Tennessee Senate approved legislation Monday that declares workers promoted by companies such as TaskRabbit, which run online "marketplace platforms"...

Haslam's father gives to Fincher

Published Feb. 12 2018

While Gov. Bill Haslam may not make an endorsement in Tennessee's Republican U.S. Senate primary between U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn...

State fires 8 workers at Morgan County, Tenn., prison after inmate 'escapes,' returns with contraband

Published Feb. 12 2018

Eight employees at the Morgan County Regional Correctional Complex have been fired in an ongoing probe started after an inmate...

Is Bob Corker reversing his course on leaving the Senate?

Published Feb. 11 2018

A senior adviser to Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker acknowledged Sunday some Tennesseans and Senate colleagues are asking him to...

Black skips congressional budget deal vote, condemns 'wasteful' spending

Published Feb. 9 2018

Former U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black was one of five congressmen who skipped voting earlier this morning...

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell supports ending emissions testing

Published Feb. 9 2018

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, on Thursday threw her support behind an effort by two state lawmakers to end...

Boyd campaign launching Olympic themed ad this week in $500,000 buy

Published Feb. 8 2018

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd plans to air a new ad in a $500,000 broadcast and cable TV television buy...

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation chief Mark Gwyn stepping down in June

Published Feb. 8 2018

Saying it's the "right time" for both himself and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, longtime agency Director Mark Gwyn on...