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

Haslam on issues involving finalists for TBI director post: 'None of us has a perfect background'

Published May. 28 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands various issues have been raised about all three nominees he is considering to head...

Blackburn, Bredesen both worried about potential new tariffs on auto, parts imports in Tennessee

Published May. 26 2018

President Donald Trump's eyeing of new tariffs for imported vehicles and auto parts is rolling into Tennessee's U.S. Senate race,...

Trump's possible tariffs on auto imports draws concerns from Haslam

Published May. 25 2018

Add Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to the list of elected Republican officials alarmed by President Donald Trump's plans to look...

Conservative group launching ads praising Blackburn 'no' vote on federal spending bill

Published May. 24 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is among 13 GOP Congress members winning praise in a new national ad campaign funded...

State teachers' PAC endorses Republican Harwell, Democrat Fitzhugh in gubernatorial primaries

Published May. 23 2018

A political action committee associated with Tennessee's largest teachers organization has endorsed Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell and House...

Super PAC launches TV ad attack on Black over immigration, border wall votes

Published May. 23 2018

A Tennessee-based Super PAC is targeting Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black in its first television ad buy, attacking the congresswoman...

New Bredesen ad touts economic successes as governor

Published May. 23 2018

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen hits the air Thursday with a new TV spot highlighting the former Tennessee governor's...

Tennessee's controversial 'sanctuary cities' bill allowed to become law

Published May. 21 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday said he is allowing a controversial "sanctuary cities" bill to become law without his signature,...

Haslam seeks to calm fears in sanctuary cities debate as deadline to sign bill nears

Published May. 20 2018

With a Tuesday deadline looming over what action he will take on a controversial "anti-sanctuary cities" bill, Gov. Bill Haslam...

Tennessee State Employees Association endorses Fitzhugh, Harwell

Published May. 18 2018

The Tennessee State Employees Association's political action committee on Friday endorsed state House Speaker Beth Harwell in the state GOP's...

Poll: Tennesseans hold more favorable views of Bredesen over Blackburn

Published May. 17 2018

Buoyed by independents and even some Republicans, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is viewed more favorably by Tennessee voters than...

Black is best known but has highest negatives among Tennessee gubernatorial hopefuls, poll says

Published May. 17 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black is the best-known candidate in Tennessee's governor's race, but she also has the highest negative...

Gov. Haslam to consider former Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble, two others for TBI chief

Published May. 15 2018

Former Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble is among three finalists to be considered by Gov. Bill Haslam as the new...

Gov. Haslam: Tennessee may not renew contract with student testing vendor Questar

Published May. 15 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam said the state is conducting an independent review of its current contractor running the problem-plagued TNReady student...

What Haslam wants to see in choosing new TBI director

Published May. 6 2018

As a commission prepares this month to winnow down to three the number of recommended candidates to lead the Tennessee...

Haslam veto of proton-therapy bill spurs sponsor's call for override session

Published May. 5 2018

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed legislation that sought to allow employees on the state's health plan to use...

Despite environmental objections, Tennessee resumes coal regulation

Published May. 4 2018

Environmentalists say Gov. Bill Haslam made a "terrible decision" in signing into law a bill aimed at putting Tennessee back...

Black urges Haslam to sign controversial anti-sanctuary cities legislation

Published May. 3 2018

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black on Thursday urged Gov. Bill Haslam to sign a controversial anti-"sanctuary city" bill that...

Haslam vetoes bill requiring state pay for alternative cancer treatment

Published May. 3 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam today vetoed legislation that sought to allow employees on the state's health plan to use an alternative...

Beverly Davenport out as University of Tennessee chancellor [document]

Published May. 2 2018

Saying the University of Tennessee at Knoxville "needed a change," UT system President Joe DiPietro on Wednesday effectively fired Chancellor...