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

Fleischmann, Black praise release of controversial House GOP memo charging FBI abuse in Trump campaign probe

Published Feb. 2 2018

Two Tennessee Republican congressmen Friday welcomed the release of a controversial report by fellow House Republicans.

Tennessee Gov. Haslam urges newspapers to maintain traditional watchdog roles in elections

Published Feb. 1 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam told Tennessee newspaper publishers and editors Thursday he hopes they maintain their news coverage in a "really...

Harwell amasses $5 million, seizing cash lead among Tennessee gubernatorial candidates

Published Feb. 1 2018

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., led in fundraising among Tennessee's seven Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, but Republican state House...


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Tennessee gubernatorial candidates agree on government transparency [video]

Published Feb. 1 2018

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates generally agreed at a Nashville forum on Thursday to promote greater openness in state government, but differences...

Dean reports raising $1.23 million for governor's race; Harwell claims $5 million cash on hand

Published Feb. 1 2018

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean reported raising $1.23 million and personally putting another $207,000 into his Democratic bid for governor...

Craig Fitzhugh raises $304,000 for Tennessee governor's race

Published Jan. 31 2018

State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh says he's satisfied with his gubernatorial campaign's fundraising and believes he will have enough...

Haslam says GOP group hauled in $63 million for governors' races nationally

Published Jan. 31 2018

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said today the group broke its fund-raising record in 2017 and raked in $63.2 million for...

Tennessee public record law exemptions: 538 and counting

Published Jan. 30 2018

Exceptions to a state law intended to make government records open to the Tennessee public shot up five-fold over the...

Randy Boyd gubernatorial campaign hitting TV, cable with $300,000 ad buy

Published Jan. 30 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd's campaign will take to the air Wednesday with an estimated $300,000 ad buy on statewide...

Republican Mae Beavers drops out of Tennessee gubernatorial race

Published Jan. 30 2018

Republican Mae Beavers said Tuesday on Facebook she is suspending her campaign for Tennessee governor after reporting earlier in the...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam gives his final State of the State address [document]

Published Jan. 29 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam used his last State of the State address Monday to tout the state's progress under his administration...

Haslam will note progress, set goals in final State of the State address

Published Jan. 28 2018

When he delivers his final State of the State address Monday, Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to reflect on Tennessee's...


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Blackburn lashes out at NFL's kneeling protests in pre-Super Bowl radio ad

Published Jan. 28 2018

With Super Bowl LII fast approaching, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn on Friday launched radio ads playing up the...

Political Notebook: Bredesen names top U.S. Senate campaign staffers

Published Jan. 28 2018

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Phil Bredesen has announced members of his initial campaign team, relying on a number of Tennesseans...

Bill Lee launches first ad in bid for governor's seat

Published Jan. 26 2018

Republican gubernatorial Bill Lee's campaign says it is preparing to launch a statewide television ad buy as Tennessee's 2018 GOP...

$28 million in state loans flowing to Chattanooga, Hamilton County sewer system improvements

Published Jan. 26 2018

The state is awarding Chattanooga and Hamilton County nearly $28 million in low-interest loans for local wastewater infrastructure improvements and...

Tennessee's Republican, Democratic legislators split on governor's opioid plan

Published Jan. 26 2018

Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally predicted Thursday that Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed "TN Together" plan to address the state's opioid...

Tennessee gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black skips forum for fundraiser [video]

Published Jan. 25 2018

While most of Tennessee's major gubernatorial candidates participated in this week's first televised forum on education, one of the Republican...

Tennessee lawmakers seek to re-impose 'net neutrality' rules on state broadband providers

Published Jan. 23 2018

Two Tennessee Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at forcing major internet providers to maintain "net neutrality" in their...

Gov. Haslam proposes $30 million plan to combat Tennessee's opioid epidemic

Published Jan. 22 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam and legislative leaders outlined a $30 million plan Monday to attack Tennessee's opioid epidemic with calls for...