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

Off to the races: Tennessee general election for governor, Senate starts at quick pace

Published Aug. 7 2018

Fresh off last week's GOP primary victories, Tennessee's Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate are back on the air...

Tennessee regulators challenge investment 'scheme' in Chattanooga

Published Aug. 6 2018

Tennessee officials have have fined and permanently barred a Colorado man from selling securities for a Chattanooga-based natural gas and...

New Bredesen ad features Corker, Fleischmann speaking favorably of him; Fleischmann pushes back

Published Aug. 6 2018

Tennessee U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Phil Bredesen and Republican nominee Marsha Blackburn are up online with dueling digital ads as...

Lee's winning formula: 'Conservative outsider,' 'man of faith' and relatability

Published Aug. 5 2018

As his supporters and family rallied under a blistering July sun several weeks ago, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee was...

Bill Lee wins GOP primary

Published Aug. 2 2018

Political newcomer Bill Lee captured Tennessee's Republican gubernatorial nomination Thursday, emerging as the victor in a brutal four-person primary race...

Dean wins Democrats' nomination for governor

Published Aug. 2 2018

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean decisively won Democrats' nomination for Tennessee governor Thursday, besting state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh...

Big fight, huge expenditures in Tennessee gubernatorial primary dominate Thursday elections

Published Jul. 29 2018

Tennessee political hopefuls are charging, sometimes through mud, towards the finish line in Thursday's election in which voters will choose...

Vice president endorses Black for governor in Tennessee's Republican primary

Published Jul. 27 2018

Vice President Mike Pence jumped Friday into Tennessee's race for governor and endorsed Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black in the...

Haslam prefers White House stay out of Tennessee GOP governor primary

Published Jul. 26 2018

While President Donald Trump has jumped into a number of open Republican gubernatorial primary contests by endorsing candidates in states...

Tennessee Democrats blast DesJarlais over backing effort to impeach Rosenstein over Russia probe documents

Published Jul. 26 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee is among 11 members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus filing articles of...

State Rep. Hazlewood chosen to participate in national leadership development program for state government officials

Published Jul. 25 2018

State Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, R-Signal Mountain, is among 48 state leaders from across the U.S. selected to participate in the...

Fowler calls Casada's mailer attack on Mason 'despicable'; Casada defends choice of Helton

Published Jul. 24 2018

Family Action Council of Tennessee President David Fowler is describing as "despicable" a recent direct-mail attack launched by a top...


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New poll says Lee leading in state's raucous GOP governor primary

Published Jul. 23 2018

Franklin businessman Bill Lee is leading Tennessee's four-person GOP gubernatorial field by six percentage points, according to a new poll...

Political Notebook: New ads, a missed vote and WAPO awards 3 'Pinocchios' on Bredesen meth claim

Published Jul. 23 2018

The Washington Post's Fact Check last week gave Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen three out of four "Pinocchios" for...

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...