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 leaves privatizing state park management decision to next Tennessee governor

Published Aug. 24 2017

The Haslam administration is abandoning all efforts to outsource management of Fall Creek Falls State Park and other state parks...

As Democrats say Corker vulnerable, others question 'push poll'

Published Aug. 23 2017

Tennessee Democrats say a new poll, commissioned by a national advocacy group fighting GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, demonstrates U.S....

State OKs $3 million grant for textile mill in Pikeville, Tenn.

Published Aug. 22 2017

Tennessee officials have kept their end of a bargain that helped bring the largest private economic investment in rural Bledsoe...

Corker says many of public Trump criticisms were effort to influence president

Published Aug. 18 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says many of the criticisms he made this week about President Donald Trump were first raised...

Corker condemns Virginia death as 'act of terror,' steers clear of Trump flap

Published Aug. 17 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Wednesday had little problem labeling, as a "terrorist act," the deadly violence that erupted last...

Tennessee congressman to push Trump impeachment effort

Published Aug. 17 2017

Rep. Steve Cohen announced Thursday he will file articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Tennessee State Museum board revisiting gag policy on board members

Published Aug. 16 2017

The head of the Tennessee State Museum's governing board told state lawmakers Tuesday his panel will revisit a controversial "code...

Gov. Haslam encourages removal of Forrest bust from Tennessee Capitol

Published Aug. 15 2017

Saturday's deadly violence at a white nationalist event in Charlottesville, Va., reignited demands Monday by lawmakers and protesters for the...

Charlottesville violence fuels calls for removal of Forrest bust from state Capitol

Published Aug. 14 2017

As many as 100 demonstrators have demanded the removal of a bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Nokian Tyres to get $28.42 million to build tire factory

Published Aug. 14 2017

Tennessee officials are living up to their end of a commitment to Finnish manufacturer Nokian Tyres, approving a $28.42 million...

Tennessee Building Commission approves funds for Fall Creek Falls visitor center

Published Aug. 14 2017

Tennessee Building Commission members late last week gave nods to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new capital projects,...

Mark Green won't challenge Corker; will help Christians enter public life

Published Aug. 10 2017

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green says he won't run against Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker next year and instead will...


Green rules out 2018 GOP primary challenge to Corker

Published Aug. 9 2017

NASHVILLE - Republican state Sen. Mark Green announced today he won't challenge U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in next year's...

Tennessee legislators looking to move up, out

Published Aug. 9 2017

When state Rep. Marc Gravitt announced this week plans to run for Hamilton County register of deeds, the East Ridge...

Tennessee GOP jabs and smacks: 2018 governor's race primary heats up

Published Aug. 8 2017

A year out from Tennessee Republicans' 2018 gubernatorial primary, the sharp elbows already are in play.

Tennessee Department of Revenue takes over 911 fee collections

Published Aug. 7 2017

Officials hope a new state law will end legal disputes between Tennessee's local emergency communications districts and telecommunications companies over...

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally names Chattanooga attorney, former state senator to Tennessee's Trial Court Vacancy Commission

Published Aug. 4 2017

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally today announced he has named Chattanooga attorney Harold L. "Hal" North Jr. and former state Sen....

Youth rally in support of 'Dreamers' program outside Pence's Tennessee visit

Published Aug. 3 2017

As Vice President Mike Pence addressed Tennessee Republicans at their annual political fundraiser here Thursday, several dozen immigrant students from...

Bill Haslam to Congress, Trump: Control soaring health care costs

Published Aug. 3 2017

Given the collapse of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam hopes Washington will turn...

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee taps Chris Devaney of Lookout Mountain as campaign manager

Published Aug. 2 2017

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee today named former state GOP chairman Chris Devaney of Lookout Mountain as his campaign...