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

Lawmakers call for tougher scrutiny of Tennessee public record exemptions

Published Dec. 13 2018

A legislative study panel recommended Thursday that Tennessee lawmakers begin eyeballing requests more closely when it comes to shutting down...

Poll: Lee popular as he prepares to become Tennessee governor in January

Published Dec. 13 2018

Tennessee Republican Gov.-elect Bill Lee will enter office Jan. 19 with a strong favorability rating of 57 percent, according to...

Tennessee attorney general names Jonathan Skrmetti as his new chief deputy

Published Dec. 12 2018

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Wednesday announced he has named Memphis attorney Jonathan Skrmetti as his new chief deputy.


State: Expect long wait on EPA answers regarding ending vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton County

Published Dec. 11 2018

Tennessee environmental officials say they've been working for months to collect and analyze data to ensure a state law seeking...

Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee taps Williamson County sheriff as new state safety commissioner

Published Dec. 11 2018

Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee on Monday continued filling out his cabinet, announcing appointments to four departments - Safety and Homeland...

Tennessee corn producers vote yes on assessment to promote product

Published Dec. 11 2018

Corn grown in Tennessee will now be promoted on a broader scale after state producers approved a 1-cent-per-bushel assessment to...

Tennessee U.S. Sen. Alexander's internal poll shows 65 percent approval among GOP voters

Published Dec. 10 2018

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's pollster says the Tennessee Republican is "in a strong position" to win the 2020 Senate GOP...

Closed primary elections plan sparks debate among Tennessee's Republican lawmakers

Published Dec. 5 2018

Tennessee's presumed next House speaker, Republican Glen Casada, has a personal take on the controversy over state GOP leaders' desire...

Haslam releases statewide water plan, seeks public feedback

Published Dec. 4 2018

Tennessee has long been one of the few states without a long-range water strategy, but Gov. Bill Haslam wants that...

Tennessee Senate Democrats elect Yarbro, Akbari as leaders

Published Dec. 4 2018

Tennessee's five-member state Senate Democratic Caucus on Tuesday elected Sens. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville and Raumesh Akbari of Memphis to...

Johnson defeats Bell in Tennessee's state Senate majority leader race

Published Dec. 3 2018

Tennessee Senate Republicans on Monday elected Jack Johnson of Franklin over Mike Bell of Riceville as the GOP Caucus' new...

Tennessee GOP stirs pot with call for closed primary elections

Published Dec. 3 2018

The Tennessee Republican Party's call for state lawmakers to require voters register by party affiliation and then restrict GOP and...

Bell, Johnson square off today for Tennessee Senate's No. 2 post

Published Dec. 3 2018

When Tennessee Senate majority Republicans meet to pick their leaders today for the new 111th General Assembly, the focus won't...

Expected Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada to bring back oversight panels

Published Dec. 2 2018

Republican Glen Casada, the expected next speaker of the Tennessee House, says he wants to resurrect three legislative oversight panels...

Tennessee GOP seeks to close state's primary voting system

Published Dec. 1 2018

State Republican Party leaders want Tennessee lawmakers to kill the state's open party primary system by enacting a law requiring...

Former Meigs County Volunteer Energy Cooperative accountant accused of stealing nearly $1 million

Published Nov. 28 2018

A former accountant for Decatur, Tennessee-based Volunteer Energy Cooperative has been indicted on charges he stole nearly $1 million from...

The 'Grinch,' state revenue projections and Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee

Published Nov. 26 2018

The "Grinch" was on full display this week as Tennessee State Funding Board members approved formal revenue growth projections for...

Senate Republicans plan leadership contests

Published Nov. 26 2018

Senate Republicans have scheduled Dec. 3 for their leadership contests.

In a first, Tennessee House Democrats nominate black lawmaker to lead them in 111th General Assembly

Published Nov. 26 2018

Tennessee House Democrats made history Sunday by electing a black lawmaker as their new leader in the Republican-dominated chamber.

Center of political power in Tennessee shifts to one county

Published Nov. 25 2018

Come January, three of Tennessee's five most powerful officials will hail from just one mid-state county, Williamson County.