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

Corker hasn't ruled out challenge to Trump in 2020

Published Oct. 27 2017

Retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Friday wouldn't rule out a possible 2020 challenge to President Donald Trump, but stressed...

Haslam names Ashley as new director of legislation

Published Oct. 25 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam announced today that Katie Ashley will become his new director of legislation as well as chief advisor...

Tennessee officials, vendor vow no more mistakes on TNReady tests

Published Oct. 25 2017

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and a vendor sought to reassure Tennessee lawmakers Tuesday that a testing problem involving digital...

Haslam says TNReady test snafu overblown

Published Oct. 24 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he thinks last week's controversy over scoring problems impacting 9,400 students on the latest TNReady...

Haslam says Corker-Trump clash involves 'two very strong-willed people'

Published Oct. 24 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam said today the latest public explosion between President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., doesn't...

Tennessee lawmakers give Cordell Hull facilities management contract to Siemens, not JLL

Published Oct. 24 2017

NASHVILLE — Chicago-based real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle will not handle facilities management services at Tennessee lawmakers' new home...

Tennessee lawmakers renew push for guardrails on state outsourcing

Published Oct. 21 2017

Members of a legislative study committee told Haslam administration officials Friday the Tennessee General Assembly needs greater say over state...

Latest TNReady test foul-up angers Tennessee legislators

Published Oct. 19 2017

Tennessee House Democrats today called for Education Commissioner Candice McQueen to impose a three-year moratorium before using the exams' results...

Boyd campaign responds to Black criticism: 'This is Tennessee. Not D.C.'

Published Oct. 19 2017

Republican Randy Boyd's campaign is hitting back at GOP gubernatorial primary rival Diane Black after her campaign labeled his plans...

Tennessee gubernatorial hopeful Boyd's plan to have Jeb Bush headline fundraiser spurs attack from rival

Published Oct. 18 2017

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd's plan to bring in former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to headline a major fundraiser is...

State Employees Association director urges higher education officials to 'opt out' of outsourcing services

Published Oct. 18 2017

The Tennessee State Employees Association is urging higher education leaders and heads of other state government entities to "opt out"...

Jones Lang LaSalle outsourcing bid is higher than UTC's current cost

Published Oct. 18 2017

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga would pay a quarter million dollars more than it does now on combined institutional...

Blackburn actions on opioid bill under fire at home after '60 Minutes' report

Published Oct. 16 2017

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is coming under fire at home.

State Building Commission OKs planning for UTC's new Health Sciences Building

Published Oct. 15 2017

State officials have said the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga can start formal planning of what could become a $100...

Corker to work on getting Republicans, Democrats to agree on Iran nuclear deal fixes

Published Oct. 13 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Friday he will work with his Republican and Democratic colleagues to toughen the 2015 nuclear...

Blackburn celebrates 'first Senate conservative' victory after Twitter reverses course on video ban

Published Oct. 11 2017

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., today celebrated what she called "our first Senate conservative victory" after Twitter reversed course and...

Bob Corker aide: Steve Bannon's call for senator to resign 'ridiculous'

Published Oct. 11 2017

"Absolutely ridiculous."

UPDATE: Trump says feud with Corker won't prevent tax overhaul

Published Oct. 10 2017

President Donald Trump is escalating his clash with Sen. Bob Corker.

Escalating Trump-Corker tensions erupt in twitter battle

Published Oct. 8 2017

Ongoing tensions between President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., erupted into a Twitter fight Sunday after the...

Wamp: If Berke runs for U.S. Senate, he should 'step down' as Chattanooga mayor

Published Oct. 8 2017

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp said he thinks Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke should step aside as the city's chief...