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

Beth Harwell touts support for medical marijuana in new TV spot

Published Jul. 20 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell is putting her support for legalizing physician-prescribed medical cannabis front and center in the closing...

TDOT hopes to begin emergency repairs to Signal Mountain Boulevard in August

Published Jul. 19 2018

A top Tennessee Department of Transportation official says the department is well aware of immediate problems plaguing Signal Mountain Boulevard...

Tennessee House majority leader's PAC slams Jonathan Mason in GOP's House District 30 race

Published Jul. 19 2018

Republican Jonathan Mason is coming under attack in the state House District 30 GOP primary race as being in the...


Boyd joins Black in attacking Lee in GOP primary

Published Jul. 18 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is coming under attack again, this time from a second rival in Tennessee's four-person Aug....

Nashville judge dismisses suit seeking to keep Republican Smith off ballot; Democrats could appeal or refile

Published Jul. 17 2018

A Nashville judge on Tuesday dismissed Tennessee Democrats' lawsuit against the Hamilton County Election Commission, which was filed when commissioners...

Corker says Trump made the US look 'more like a pushover'

Published Jul. 16 2018

Two of Tennessee's top Republicans, U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, parted ways with President Donald Trump on Monday...

Blackburn narrowly bests Bredesen in latest Senate fundraising

Published Jul. 16 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn edged out Democrat Phil Bredesen in fundraising for their U.S. Senate race during the second...

Watson, Hazlewood tell TDOT to get in gear on fixing Signal Mountain road problems

Published Jul. 16 2018

Two state lawmakers from Hamilton County are putting Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer on notice that they want the department...

First two days of Tennessee early voting drew 57,184 people

Published Jul. 16 2018

An estimated 84,000 Tennesseans took advantage of early voting in the program's first three days, according to the secretary of...

Watson, Hazlewood tell TDOT to get in gear on fixing Signal Mountain road problems

Published Jul. 16 2018

Two state lawmakers from Hamilton County are putting Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer in no uncertain terms that they want...

Wamp backs Lee in GOP governor primary

Published Jul. 16 2018

Former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp is endorsing Franklin businessman Bill Lee in Tennessee's Aug. 2 Republican gubernatorial primary.

Bredesen campaign chief memo: 'Tennessee-first approach' is working in Democrat's Senate contest with Blackburn

Published Jul. 16 2018

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen's campaign chief says the former governor has already defined his contest with Republican Marsha...


U.S. Senate hopeful Blackburn says campaign war chest now at $7.3 million after successful 2nd quarter

Published Jul. 15 2018

Republican Marsha Blackburn says she raised more than $2.6 million during the second quarter in her campaign to succeed retiring...

Harwell won't join final GOP gubernatorial debate unless Boyd reconsiders decision to drop out

Published Jul. 15 2018

Yet a second Republican candidate is dropping out of the last televised Tennessee Republican gubernatorial debate scheduled for July 22...

Beth Harwell pokes fun at opponents in new ad

Published Jul. 13 2018

While Randy Boyd and Diane Black attack each other — Black is also hitting Bill Lee in some of her...

Randy Boyd won't participate in last pre-primary GOP gubernatorial debate

Published Jul. 13 2018

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd will not participate in Tennessee's last televised GOP candidates debate before the Aug. 2 primary,...

Nashville judge: Democrats' legal effort to boot Smith from ballot can proceed but under tougher standard of review

Published Jul. 12 2018

A Nashville judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit seeking to kick Republican Robin Smith off the state House District...

Much to decide for Tennessee voters as early voting kicks off Friday

Published Jul. 12 2018

Early voting begins Friday in Tennessee for Aug. 2 state and federal primary contests, as well as county general elections.

$37.2 million and counting: Tennessee gubernatorial campaign spending sets record

Published Jul. 11 2018

Total spending in Tennessee's race for governor hit a $37.2 million high mark on June 30 as millionaire candidates continued...

As some Democrats call for abolishing ICE, Bredesen says no

Published Jul. 10 2018

U.S. Senate Democratic hopeful Phil Bredesen says he wants no part of efforts by some national progressives to abolish Immigration...