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

Tennessee House passes bill banning most child marriages

Published Apr. 24 2018

A bill banning most underage marriages in Tennessee except for 17 year olds who have parents or guardians' documented approval...

House sends vehicle emissions testing bill to governor

Published Apr. 24 2018

A bill that seeks to end mandatory vehicle-emissions testing in Hamilton County and five other Tennessee counties is on its...

Resurrected Tennessee bill punishing 'sanctuary' cities moves through House Finance Committee

Published Apr. 24 2018

A House panel this morning narrowly approved a bill that would punish Tennessee cities with "sanctuary" policies by denying them...

Pence tweets he's 'PROUD' to support Blackburn in Senate bid

Published Apr. 23 2018

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday doubled down on his support of Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn, calling her...

Haslam suffers 2nd defeat on higher education legislation as Complete College Act fails in House

Published Apr. 23 2018

Tennessee lawmakers on Monday night dealt Gov. Bill Haslam a second parting blow as the term-limited Republican prepares to leave...

Bill seeking to end vehicle-emissions testing in Hamilton, other counties sails through Tennessee Senate

Published Apr. 23 2018

Tennessee senators on Monday approved legislation seeking to end mandatory vehicle-emissions testing in Hamilton County and five other Tennessee counties.

Tennessee bill seeking to end vehicle-emissions testing may take years to gain federal approval

Published Apr. 23 2018

A bill that attempts to end mandatory vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton and five other Tennessee counties is scheduled for...

Corker stands by praise of Bredesen, offers lukewarm support for Blackburn in Senate contest

Published Apr. 22 2018

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Sunday defended his praise of Democrat Phil Bredesen but reiterated that he still plans...

Corker catches heat from top Senate GOP leaders over favorable remarks about Bredesen

Published Apr. 21 2018

Retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is catching flak from top GOP Senate leaders over favorable remarks he's made about...

New Tennessee 7-day wine, liquor bottle sales law allows package stores to start this Sunday

Published Apr. 20 2018

Beginning this Sunday, Tennessee consumers will be able to stroll into a retail package store and legally buy a bottle...

U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen's campaign chief sees 'clear path to victory'

Published Apr. 20 2018

Democrat Phil Bredesen's U.S. Senate campaign chief says in a memo that four months into the former Tennessee governor's campaign,...

Medicaid work-requirement bill heads to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Published Apr. 19 2018

The Tennessee Senate sent a controversial Medicaid work requirement to Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday, approving the bill on a 23-2...

Tennessee lawmakers strike deal ensuring students, teachers won't be penalized by TNReady problems

Published Apr. 19 2018

State lawmakers forced through a deal Thursday to hold Tennessee students, teachers and schools harmless on TNReady tests this year...

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...