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

Five Bridgeport, Ala., residents charged with TennCare fraud

Published Jun. 17 2019

Five residents of Bridgeport, Ala., have been indicted on separate state felony fraud charges involving TennCare, Tennessee Inspector General Kim...

Political notebook: Haslam says will decide soon on 2020 U.S. Senate bid

Published Jun. 17 2019

NASHVILLE — Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said he expects to decide soon whether he will run in 2020 for...

Gov. Lee to call Tennessee lawmakers into August special session to replace Speaker Casada

Published Jun. 15 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Saturday night he will call a special legislative session in August for House Republicans to...

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announces he will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2020

Published Jun. 14 2019

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced Friday that he will not run for U.S. Senate in 2020.

State gives final approval for work on $17.75 million McMinn County Higher Education Center

Published Jun. 13 2019

Officials hope to break ground in September on the $17.75 million McMinn County Higher Education Center after the project won...

House Democratic Caucus chairman says Speaker Casada's 'cronies' hope to retain power with special session

Published Jun. 12 2019

A top Tennessee House Democrat says he won't go along with GOP leaders' efforts to call a special session to...

Hamilton County lawmakers want House Speaker Casada to go sooner, not later

Published Jun. 10 2019

Hamilton County's state legislative delegation wants scandal-ridden Republican House Speaker Glen Casada to depart the post before the speaker's proposed...

Tennessee boating registration fees expected to see first increase in 12 years

Published Jun. 10 2019

Tennessee owners of an estimated 264,000 boats may want to race to renew their boat registrations before July 1 in...

Gardenhire plans to tackle Tennessee 'food deserts' with new legislation

Published Jun. 10 2019

State Sen. Todd Gardenhire says he plans to push legislation next year aimed at reducing "food deserts" that impact an...

Critics decry 'disgraced' House Speaker Casada's ability to name appointees to new sports gaming advisory, judicial discipline panels

Published Jun. 8 2019

By delaying his resignation from the Tennessee House's top post until Aug. 2, Republican Speaker Glen Casada is in a...

Rep. Curtis Johnson announces bid for Tennessee House speaker, pledges to 'restore credibility, trustworthiness'

Published Jun. 6 2019

State Rep. Curtis Johnson is telling fellow Republicans in a letter that he is running to replace Glen Casada as...

Vanderbilt poll: Voters across political spectrum say Glen Casada should step down from House speakership

Published Jun. 6 2019

Regardless of political party, a large majority of Tennesseans agree that Republican House Speaker Glen Casada should resign from the...


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Casada, Carter trade barbs over Tennessee House speaker's resignation, replacement

Published Jun. 5 2019

Less than 24 hours after embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada announced he would delay resigning his speakership until Aug....

UTC seeks 2.5% student tuition increase

Published Jun. 5 2019

Tuition for returning University of Tennessee at Chattanooga undergraduate students would rise by 2.5% in the 2019-2020 academic year under...

Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Casada announces Aug. 2 resignation, asks Gov. Lee to call special session on replacement

Published Jun. 4 2019

Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada made it official Tuesday, saying he will step down Aug. 2 in the wake...

Rep. Smith hopes to gain support from fellow freshmen in potential Tennessee House speaker bid

Published Jun. 3 2019

As she weighs running for the Tennessee House Republican Caucus nomination to replace current Speaker Glen Casada, who announced he...

Nashville surgeon Manny Sethi announces GOP U.S. Senate bid

Published Jun. 3 2019

Nashville trauma surgeon Manny Sethi announced Monday he is running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination to replace retiring Sen....

Tennessee officials plan to recommend dropping Hamilton County car emissions testing; modeling shows little impact on air quality

Published May. 31 2019

Tennessee environmental officials hope to argue to the federal government that the state can safely end mandatory vehicle emissions inspection...

UAW workers state their case in TV ad to Chattanooga public on proposed Volkswagen plant union vote

Published May. 28 2019

Seeking to set the tone of local debate about their renewed union representation effort at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, the United...

Post-Casada job requirement: Ability to restore public trust

Published May. 27 2019

NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials, political strategists and others are advising state House Republicans to exercise care when choosing a new...