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 unveils plan to combat state's opioid crisis

Published Jan. 22 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled what he called an "aggressive and comprehensive" plan to battle Tennessee's opioid epidemic.

Fowler vows to press forward on 'bathroom bill' with new Tennessee House sponsor

Published Jan. 21 2018

The head of a social conservative group says he's found a new House sponsor for a bill to require the...

Happening today: Haslam set to announce plan to fight opioid crisis

Published Jan. 19 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam next week will announce a plan to "aggressively and comprehensively" address Tennessee's opioid crisis.

Tennessee Republican lawmakers introduce bill legalizing medical marijuana

Published Jan. 19 2018

Tennesseans diagnosed with diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDs, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis could be prescribed medical cannabis oil-based products under legislation...

Tennessee bill seeks to legalize, regulate medical marijuana products

Published Jan. 19 2018

Tennesseans diagnosed with diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDs, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis could be prescribed medical cannabis oil-based products under legislation...

Tennessee Rep. Gerald McCormick drops controversial school 'bathroom bill'

Published Jan. 18 2018

State Rep. Gerald McCormick said Thursday he is withdrawing his controversial school "bathroom bill" after assurances from Tennessee Attorney General...

Group vows 'massive resistance' to retooled McCormick transgender bathroom bill

Published Jan. 18 2018

For just a little while Wednesday, it appeared that Rep. Gerald McCormick was giving up on a controversial bill the...

Haslam welcomes top court's move to revisit internet sales-tax collection issue

Published Jan. 18 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to take up a South Dakota case expected to determine...

Tennessee election officials say state voting system is secure

Published Jan. 17 2018

Tennessee's top election officials sought Tuesday to assure state lawmakers about the integrity of voting procedures here, outlining a number...

Tennessee Legislature's new home is less 'middle school,' more 'corporate'

Published Jan. 15 2018

There's a new player this year on Tennessee's Capitol Hill, and some think it will have an effect not just...

Engraved pens, bear meat sausage flavor Bell/Johnson quest for top Tennessee Senate post vacancy that may not occur

Published Jan. 13 2018

Make no mistake, the contest to become the Tennessee Senate's next majority leader is getting downright fierce.

As Trump administration opens door, Beth Harwell pushes TennCare work requirements

Published Jan. 11 2018

The Trump administration's just-announced policy to let states pursue work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid enrollees without young children quickly entered...


Gerald McCormick's bill stirs up transgender-bathroom issue again in Tennessee

Published Jan. 10 2018

Tennessee's transgender school-bathroom controversy is threatening to bubble up again this year in the General Assembly.

Tennessee General Assembly kicks off with House squabble over Medicaid expansion

Published Jan. 9 2018

Tennessee lawmakers began their annual legislative session today with a partisan squabble in the GOP-dominated House over Democrats' call for...

Tennessee lawmakers seek to 'beat the clock' before in-session campaign fundraising ban

Published Jan. 8 2018

Tennessee lawmakers are playing "beat the clock" today and Tuesday.

Tennessee lawmakers hope to focus on opioids, juvenile justice as session begins today

Published Jan. 8 2018

Tennessee lawmakers head to the state Capitol this week to begin annual work in an election-year session expected to be...

Many lawmakers are leaving Tennessee General Assembly

Published Jan. 8 2018

Big changes are in store for the 132-member Tennessee General Assembly next year with at least 21 current lawmakers having...

After toughest month in Senate, Corker looks ahead to full agenda in final year in Washington

Published Jan. 7 2018

Bob Corker says he will leave the U.S. Senate next January in a similar financial standing as when he was...

Corker to join Trump on Air Force One on president's Tennessee trip

Published Jan. 5 2018

Call it the president and senator's most excellent adventure.

Corker warns of Senate 'rebellion' if Mueller is ousted from Russia probe

Published Jan. 5 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is warning of a "rebellion" among Senate Republicans if special counsel Robert Mueller is ousted...