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 Gov. Haslam to study mandatory school bus seat belt issue

Published May. 22 2017

Now that he's signed his own regulatory-based answer to last year's Hamilton County school bus crash into law, Tennessee Gov....

Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission get new Chattanooga members

Published May. 21 2017

NASHVILLE — Two Chattanoogans appointed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Board of Regents and Tennessee...

Sen. Corker: 'I respect' decision to appoint Mueller special counsel on Russia probe

Published May. 18 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said today he respects Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI...

Breaking down some of Tennessee's legislation passed in the 2017 session

Published May. 17 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax, the state of California and more legislation kept Southeast Tennessee lawmakers jumping during this year's...

Here's some of the Tennessee legislation passed this year directly involving Chattanooga

Published May. 17 2017

Lawmakers wrapped up their General Assembly last week. Here's a look at some of the year's legislation that directly involves...

Top Tennessee Democrat says GOP backs outsourcing despite verbal opposition

Published May. 16 2017

State Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, says that although GOP majority lawmakers in the General Assembly spoke against and...

Tennessee comptroller looks closely at outsourcing contract

Published May. 16 2017

Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson's office has run a proverbial fine-toothed comb through the governor's potential building management contract with Chicago-based...

Haslam signing of bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks draws praise, criticism

Published May. 13 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday signed a bill into law that bans most abortions after 20 weeks if doctors...

Tennessee governor signs bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks

Published May. 12 2017

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks if the fetus is...

Officials scramble after receiving zero bids on Falls Creek Falls contract

Published May. 12 2017

After failing to draw formal bids from private companies on a controversial contract to run Fall Creek Falls State Park,...

Haslam's Tennessee Reconnect Act passed, extending free college tuition to all state citizens

Published May. 11 2017

Tennesse lawmakers kicked into high gear on Wednesday, the final day of the two-year 110th General Assembly's first session, passing...

Haslam, GOP leaders play down intraparty quarreling that sometimes plagued House Republicans

Published May. 11 2017

Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up their annual session Wednesday after a year in which members of the House GOP supermajority warred...

In stinging setback, Fall Creek Falls outsourcing request fails to draw a single bid

Published May. 11 2017

In a stinging setback to its privatization effort for Fall Creek Falls State Park, the Haslam administration's proposed contract to...

Tennessee General Assembly adjourns annual session after passing flurry of last-minute bills

Published May. 10 2017

The Tennessee General Assembly this afternoon adjourned its annual session following the passage of a flurry of last-minute bills earlier...

Tennessee Senate OKs bill requiring disclosure of legislative trips funding

Published May. 10 2017

A measure requiring disclosure of legislative travel paid for by private groups and individuals interested in public policy passed the...

Gov. Haslam touts 'groundbreaking' Tennessee Reconnect Act's passage

Published May. 10 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam is thanking legislators for giving final approval to what administration officials call his "groundbreaking" Tennessee Reconnect Act,...

Watson's much-amended municipal de-annexation bill clears Tennessee Senate

Published May. 10 2017

After a two-year battle, the Tennessee Senate today passed Sen. Bo Watson's much amended de-annexation bill that would allow disgruntled...

Tennessee Senate passes bill making it easier for NRA to challenge 'gun-free zones' on locally owned government property

Published May. 9 2017

Legislation making it easier for gun-rights groups and others to challenge "gun-free zones" on locally owned government property including parks,...

Youths committing terrorist acts could be charged as adults under bill headed to governor

Published May. 9 2017

Youths under age 16 could be transferred to adult courts if charged with acts of terrorism under a bill passed...

A look at the Tennessee budget passed by the House and Senate

Published May. 9 2017

Tennessee lawmakers took final action Monday night on the state's $37.1 billion annual spending plan as the Senate voted to...