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

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...

Trump slams election officials over voter data refusals

Published Jul. 1 2017

'What are they trying to hide?' president tweets about Tennessee, other states' denial of personal info

Tennessee secretary of state refuses to share voter info

Published Jul. 1 2017

Citing provisions of Tennessee law, Secretary of State Tre Hargett says his office won't comply with a request from President...

Tennessee secretary of state: Trump's election integrity panel can't have personal voter data

Published Jun. 30 2017

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said today his office legally can't agree to a request from President Donald Trump's...

Corker questions Senate GOP health bill's $172 billion tax cut for the rich

Published Jun. 29 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is publicly casting doubts on whether a $172 billion tax break for richest Americans should...

Study: Number of uninsured Tennesseans could skyrocket under Senate GOP health bill

Published Jun. 29 2017

The number of uninsured Tennesseans could soar nearly 49 percent in the next five years under the now-stalled U.S. Senate...

Tennessee lawmakers still reviewing CBO report on Senate health care bill

Published Jun. 27 2017

While Democrats and other critics used the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of U.S. Senate Republicans' health care bill to assail...

Governors ask GOP for time to determine impact of health care plan on states

Published Jun. 26 2017

Two top members of the National Governors Association today issued a bipartisan plea to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,...

Tennessee Hospital Association opposes Senate, House GOP health care bills

Published Jun. 25 2017

In a state where nine rural hospitals have closed or dramatically curtailed services over the past four years, the head...

Alexander, Corker hold off on full-throated endorsement of Senate GOP health care plan

Published Jun. 22 2017

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today praised much of Senate Republican leaders' newly released "discussion draft" health care bill to repeal...

Tennessee Democrats slam Alexander, Corker over GOP secrecy on Obamacare repeal bill

Published Jun. 20 2017

Tennessee Democrats are turning up the heat on the state's two Republican U.S. senators — Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker...

Six Tennessee congressmen support effort to secure 'long term solution' for federal highway funding

Published Jun. 20 2017

Six of Tennessee's nine congressmen have signed on to a letter in which a majority of U.S. House members are...

Haslam gives advice to gubernatorial hopefuls

Published Jun. 15 2017

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is keeping a keen eye on the 2018 campaign to succeed him but says he won't...

Virginia shooting serves as grim reminder for Tennessee Highway Patrol of lurking danger

Published Jun. 14 2017

At Tennessee's state Capitol, the Virginia shooting was a grim reminder of an ever-present risk for Tennessee Highway Patrol Capt....

Gas station tycoon Jimmy Haslam opposes Trump's plan to privatize interstate rest areas

Published Jun. 14 2017

NASHVILLE — A national coalition of truck stop and travel plaza operators, restaurants, trucking firms and others are urging key...

New state anti-litter campaign: "Nobody Trashes Tennessee"

Published Jun. 13 2017

NASHVILLE — With an estimated 100 million pieces of trash on Tennessee roadways and more than $15 million spent a...

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader said to be vetted for possible federal judgeship

Published Jun. 12 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a likely 2018 GOP candidate for governor, is being vetted as a possible Trump administration...

Area delegates weigh in on Comey testimony

Published Jun. 9 2017

Tennessee congressional delegates' reactions to fired FBI Director James Comey's Capitol Hill testimony on Thursday about Russia and President Donald...