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

Rep. Robin Smith on House speaker bid: 'I'm not saying I would never run, but at this time, I'm watching'

Published May. 23 2019

State Rep. Robin Smith says she's getting "encouraged" by some fellow Republicans as well as business people to run to...

Chattanooga area lawmakers share thoughts on GOP Caucus' no-confidence vote on Casada

Published May. 22 2019

State Reps. Mike Carter, of Ooltewah, and Patsy Hazlewood, of Signal Mountain, say they were among the 45 Tennessee House...

Rep. Carter pledges 'clean break' as he announces bid to replace Casada as Tennessee House speaker

Published May. 22 2019

Republican Rep. Mike Carter announced Wednesday he is running for the Tennessee House speaker post, telling GOP Caucus members...

Rep. Carter calls for special session to remove Casada as a representative, not just as Tennessee House speaker

Published May. 21 2019

State Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, said Tuesday he wants a special legislative session to remove Tennessee Republican House Speaker Glen...

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada announces his resignation

Published May. 21 2019

Tennessee Republican Glen Casada said Tuesday he will resign his post as House speaker following a no-confidence resolution adopted Monday...

Gov. Lee calls on House Speaker Glen Casada to resign or face special session

Published May. 20 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday night called on embattled Republican House Speaker Glen Casada to resign, saying otherwise he...

Tennessee House GOP hits embattled Speaker Glen Casada with no-confidence vote

Published May. 20 2019

A majority of Tennessee House Republican lawmakers said Monday evening they no longer have confidence in embattled GOP House Speaker...

Reps. Carter, Smith offer different takes on embattled Tennessee House Speaker Casada

Published May. 20 2019

While state Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, has called on embattled Republican House Speaker Glen Casada to resign amid a text...

Embattled House Speaker Casada faces 'no confidence' vote today in GOP Caucus but supporters may offer censure motion

Published May. 20 2019

NASHVILLE — Less than five months after becoming speaker of the Tennessee House, Republican Glen Casada's political future will be...

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada attacks Mike Carter over criticisms

Published May. 17 2019

Battling to keep his leadership post, Republican House Speaker Glen Casada attacked state Rep. Mike Carter late Friday afternoon in...

Rep. Carter: If ethics panel is not 'above rank political maneuvering and conniving then we as a body are lost'

Published May. 17 2019

Here is the full statement from Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, in which the Ethics Committee member called Thursday night for...

Ethics Committee member Mike Carter calls on Tennessee House Speaker Casada to resign amid text messaging scandal

Published May. 16 2019

State Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, is calling on embattled Republican Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada to resign, saying he was...

Tennessee House GOP Caucus members to meet to discuss political fate of embattled Speaker Glen Casada

Published May. 15 2019

Tennessee House GOP Caucus members are expected to meet Monday to discuss the political future of embattled Republican Speaker Glen...

Glen Casada controversy opens old wounds from 2018 Hamilton County state House GOP primary

Published May. 14 2019

A Chattanooga Republican who blames 2018 attacks by Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada for his state House GOP primary loss...

Tennessee legislative Black Caucus calls on Speaker Glen Casada to resign over racial texts, other issues

Published May. 13 2019

The Tennessee Black Caucus called early Monday evening for Republican House Speaker Glen Casada to resign, citing a lack of...

Jim Bryson tapped as TDEC's new deputy commissioner over parks and conservation

Published May. 13 2019

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers today announced the appointment of Jim Bryson as deputy commissioner of...

Yet another Tennessee Republican House member calls on Glen Casada to resign

Published May. 13 2019

A seventh state Republican representative is calling on Tennessee Republican House Speaker Glen Casada to step down amid a scandal.

Cleveland State gets state approval for campus revitalization with design for $20.57 million health, science building

Published May. 12 2019

NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials last week gave the green light for Cleveland State Community College to proceed with a major...

Embroiled in controversies, Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada battles on after Lt. Gov. McNally says it's time to go

Published May. 10 2019

Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada said Friday that after apologizing and asking for forgiveness for controversial text messages between...

Reps. Hazlewood, Carter lose faith in Tennessee Speaker Glen Casada amid text messaging scandal, other issues

Published May. 9 2019

In one of multiple blows Thursday to Tennessee Republican House Speaker Glen Casada's efforts to put a text messaging scandal...