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

Polls show Blackburn leading Senate race; Bredesen camp maintains contest 'deadlocked'

Published Oct. 15 2018

Democrat Phil Bredesen is now battling not just Republican rival Marsha Blackburn but impressions left by three recent polls showing...

Lee, Dean disagree over medical marijuana, legal sports betting in final debate

Published Oct. 12 2018

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean squared off Friday night in their third and final governor's debate, disagreeing over...

Fireworks as Blackburn, Bredesen tangle in final debate

Published Oct. 10 2018

Republican Congress member Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen fought repeatedly during their second and final U.S. Senate debate Wednesday...

Bredesen, Blackburn release ads critical of each other in pre-debate strikes

Published Oct. 10 2018

A few hours before Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen are to meet tonight in their final U.S. Senate...

Dean and Lee clash over Medicaid expansion in second governor debate

Published Oct. 9 2018

Contrasts grew sharper Tuesday night between Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee on their competing solutions to Tennessee problems...

Bredesen ad calls Blackburn 'liar'; Republicans fire back

Published Oct. 9 2018

The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a news release hammering Bredesen in response to an ad.

With Lee ahead, pressure is on Dean in Tuesday's debate between Tennessee candidates for governor

Published Oct. 8 2018

Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee will face off Tuesday night in Kingsport as the two candidates seeking to...

Outsider groups spending in Tennessee Senate race already at nearly $22 million

Published Oct. 7 2018

Outside groups have so far blown through $21.89 million as they seek to sway Tennessee voters in the U.S. Senate...

New poll has Blackburn pulling ahead of Bredesen

Published Oct. 7 2018

Republican Marsha Blackburn has opened up an 8-point lead over Democrat Phil Bredesen among likely voters in Tennessee's U.S. Senate...

Democrat Bredesen faces criticisms from the left after stating support for Kavanaugh confirmation

Published Oct. 5 2018

U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen is drawing fire from some fellow Democrats in both Tennessee and Washington after announcing Friday...

Bredesen says he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, calls Ford a 'heroine'

Published Oct. 5 2018

U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen said Friday morning he would vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh...

Poll: Blackburn edges Bredesen in Senate contest; Lee ahead of Dean in governor's race

Published Oct. 4 2018

A new poll from Fox News shows Republican Marsha Blackburn's lead over Democrat Phil Bredesen has widened slightly in Tennessee's...


Dean, Lee disagree over Medicaid expansion, Pre-K in first Tennessee governor's debate

Published Oct. 2 2018

Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee squared off here Tuesday night in their first gubernatorial debate, disagreeing in areas...

Bredesen camp charges Blackburn is 'dodging debates and attending expensive fundraisers'

Published Oct. 1 2018

As Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn joins President Donald Trump in Johnson City Monday for a campaign fundraiser...

Political notebook: Ahead of Trump Tennessee visit, Blackburn, Bredesen trade ad barbs

Published Sep. 30 2018

All eyes will be on Tennessee Monday as President Donald Trump makes his second trip to the state to boost...

Senate debate: Bredesen, Blackburn disagreed from the start

Published Sep. 26 2018

Small wonder that Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen slugged it out on stage for 60 minutes Tuesday night...

Blackburn, Bredesen trade blows in first U.S. Senate debate

Published Sep. 25 2018

Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen clashed repeatedly here Tuesday night during their first televised U.S. Senate debate in...

As Trump comes to Tennessee for Blackburn Senate fundraiser, Bredesen to hold Chattanooga voter forum

Published Sep. 24 2018

President Donald Trump announced Monday he will hold a campaign rally and fundraiser next week for Republican U.S. Senate candidate...

Nonpartisan PolitiFact: Ad attacking Bredesen on backing 'single-payer' health care system 'mostly false'

Published Sep. 24 2018

The nonpartisan political organization PolitiFact is rating as "mostly false" a television and digital attack ad launched last week by...

Former GOP rival Fincher endorses Blackburn in Senate contest

Published Sep. 24 2018

Stephen Fincher is now endorsing Blackburn in her Nov. 6 contest with Democrat Phil Bredesen.