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

House gives final approval to state's $37.5 billion budget

Published Apr. 19 2018

The Tennessee House gave final approval this afternoon to the state's $37.5 billion budget following a whirlwind day in which...

Tennessee Senate gives final approval to Medicaid work requirement bill

Published Apr. 19 2018

The Tennessee Senate voted today to send a controversial Medicaid work requirement bill on to Gov. Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Senate approves $37.5 billion state budget

Published Apr. 18 2018

The Tennessee Senate today passed its version of the state's $37.5 billion Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget, sending the legislation back...

Tennessee bill seeking to punish adults who smoke in vehicles with children present fails

Published Apr. 18 2018

A bill allowing police to cite adult motorists who are smoking in vehicles with children present narrowly failed on the...

TNReady online testing window extended by state officials after possible 'deliberate attack'

Published Apr. 17 2018

On the second day of TNReady testing, state education officials made two major announcements Tuesday — the company handling Tennessee's...

Tennessee House approves $37.5 billion state budget

Published Apr. 17 2018

The Tennessee House on Tuesday approved the state's $37.5 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2018-2019.

Ban on corporal punishment for most students with disabilities goes to Tennessee governor

Published Apr. 17 2018

A bill that limits the use of corporal punishment for students with disabilities unless schools have parental written permission is...

Tennessee House OKs bill seeking to end emissions testing in Hamilton, four other counties

Published Apr. 16 2018

A bill seeking to do away with vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton and four other Tennessee counties overwhelmingly was approved...

Tennessee lawmakers make last-minute move to boost state per diem payments on Nashville hotel stays

Published Apr. 16 2018

A last-minute effort to hike taxpayer-funded hotel reimbursements for Tennessee lawmakers on official business in Nashville was rushed through a...

Blackburn reports raising $2 million for U.S. Senate bid

Published Apr. 16 2018

Republican Marsha Blackburn said today she raised more than $2 million for her U.S. Senate effort.

Bredesen: Reports raising $1.8 million in first quarter and $1.4 million in loans

Published Apr. 16 2018

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen is reporting having raised more than $1.8 million during the first quarter.

Fleischmann sitting pretty so far in 3rd Congressional District with nearly $1.1 million in bank

Published Apr. 16 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann had $1.09 million sitting in his bank account March 31 as the Ooltewah Republican seeks...


While giving money to Blackburn GOP Senate bid, Corker says he won't campaign against friend Bredesen

Published Apr. 15 2018

While retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced he's contributed to expected GOP nominee Marsha Blackburn, the Chattanoogan told a...

Blackburn and Bredesen fret but adopt wait-and-see attitude on Trump trade strategy

Published Apr. 14 2018

In a state with 66,600 farms that cover 10.8 million acres with respectable production of soy beans, hogs, tobacco and...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to weigh state oversight of coal mining industry

Published Apr. 13 2018

State lawmakers on Thursday sent a bill to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk that aims to put Tennessee in charge of...

Senate panel deals new blow to Gov. Haslam's proposed new UT board nominees

Published Apr. 12 2018

Senate Education Committee on Thursday delivered another stinging rebuke to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed nominees for the new University...

Gov. Haslam is expected to sign Sunday wine, liquor bottle sales bill into law

Published Apr. 11 2018

Tennesseans will be able to buy bottles of wine and liquor on Sundays under just-passed legislation, with Gov. Bill Haslam...

Tennessee lawmakers grill Haslam's appointees to new UT board

Published Apr. 11 2018

The University of Tennessee system's current Board of Trustees vice chairman on Wednesday withdrew his nomination to serve on UT's...

Haslam signs bill stripping TennCare funding from Planned Parenthood of Tennessee

Published Apr. 11 2018

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has quietly signed into law a controversial bill that seeks to strip all TennCare funding from...

Tennessee governor candidate Karl Dean reports raising $550,000

Published Apr. 10 2018

Karl Dean's campaign says the Tennessee Democratic candidate for governor raised $549,168 for his effort during the first quarter of...