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

Democrats attack Bob Corker over health care 'flip-flop'

Published Jul. 21 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is under fire by Democrats and others for flip- flopping after the senator said he...

Gov. Bill Haslam: Tennessee unemployment rate hits record low

Published Jul. 20 2017

Tennessee's unemployment last month fell to its lowest rate in recorded history, Gov. Bill Haslam announced today.

As Corker reverses course in support of full ACA repeal, Democrats charge 'flip-flop'

Published Jul. 20 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said today he supports repealing the Affordable Care Act without including anything to replace it...


Citing deadly Chattanooga school bus crash, U.S. Rep. Cohen presses feds on mandatory seat belt issue

Published Jul. 19 2017

A Tennessee congressman pressed federal transportation officials Tuesday on school bus safety and seat belt issues raised by last year's...

Reformed Tennessee foster-care program emerges from federal oversight

Published Jul. 18 2017

One lawsuit, 16 years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, Tennessee's once-troubled foster care program for thousands of children...

Survey: Tennessee Gov. Haslam ranks 10th nationally in home-state job approval

Published Jul. 18 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is one of the nation's most popular governors, according to a new Morning Consult national survey.

Randy Boyd raises $4.3 million, including $2 million from self, for Tennessee gubernatorial bid

Published Jul. 17 2017

Republican Randy Boyd says he will report raising more than $2.3 million for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

Gerald McCormick prepares to run to succeed Beth Harwell as Tennessee House speaker

Published Jul. 17 2017

Former Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, says he intends to run for House speaker in 2019 now that...

Policy impacts of July 16 attacks in Chattanooga continue

Published Jul. 16 2017

The impact of the domestic terror attack on July 16, 2015, continues to ripple through policy areas ranging from U.S....

GOP candidate Bill Lee raises more than $1.37 million for TN governor's race

Published Jul. 14 2017

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee announced Friday that his campaign raised more than $1.37 million since declaring his candidacy...

Former Medicaid chief charges GOP health bill treats congresspersons better than constituents

Published Jul. 14 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Thursday he will support a motion to proceed on the Senate floor next week...

West Tennessee up for grabs in GOP gubernatorial race after Mark Norris' nomination

Published Jul. 14 2017

NASHVILLE — In a move that shakes up Tennessee's 2018 GOP primary race for governor, President Donald Trump announced Thursday...

Democrat Phillips says she's raised $54,000 in bid for Tennessee's 4th Congressional District seat

Published Jul. 13 2017

Rutherford County teacher and Democrat Mariah Phillips announced today she has raised more than $54,000 for her 2018 race in...

Trump nominates Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Norris for federal judgeship

Published Jul. 13 2017

In a move that shakes up Tennessee's 2018 GOP primary race for governor, President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated state...

Haslam: Non-cancer patients could see limits on long-term opioid scripts

Published Jul. 10 2017

As he seeks remedies for Tennessee's opioid abuse epidemic, Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration will explore whether to restrict...

Tennessee Black Caucus to hold town hall meeting in Chattanooga

Published Jul. 9 2017

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators will hold a town hall meeting in Chattanooga on Monday as lawmakers continue...

GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd names legislative co-chairs for campaign

Published Jul. 6 2017

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd today announced six Tennessee state lawmakers who will serve as his initial legislative co-chairs for...

Democrat Karl Dean says he's raised $1.2 million so far for 2018 gubernatorial bid

Published Jul. 6 2017

Former Nashville mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Karl Dean says he's raised more than $1.2 million so far for...

Poll: 60 percent of Tennesseans oppose GOP plans to cut Medicaid

Published Jul. 5 2017

Six out of 10 Tennessee voters said in a recent survey they oppose cutting federal money for the Medicaid program...

Trump move to repeal Obama water pollution rule draws praise, criticism

Published Jul. 2 2017

The Trump administration's move to rescind a controversial Obama-era water pollution regulation is drawing praise from area federal lawmakers as...