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

New Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton describes himself as a 'common-sense conservative'

Published Aug. 23 2019

Cameron Sexton says he's always been interested in politics and government, but it wasn't until he worked in Republican Randy...

Tennessee House GOP quashes Democrats' effort to expel Byrd - for now

Published Aug. 23 2019

Tennessee House Republicans on Friday twice rebuffed efforts by Democrats to oust Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, the retired high school...

New Tennessee House speaker says he intends to ensure that 'every voice is heard'

Published Aug. 23 2019

After becoming Tennessee's new House speaker Friday with no opponent and overwhelming bipartisan support, Republican Cameron Sexton promised representatives a...


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House Democrats demand GOP majority consider Medicaid expansion during Friday special session to elect new speaker

Published Aug. 22 2019

Tennessee House Democrats are demanding majority GOP leaders agree to a vote on expanding the state's Medicaid program as the...

Rep. Hazlewood bid for Tennessee House GOP Caucus chair falls short; Rep. Faison wins four-person contest

Published Aug. 22 2019

Tennessee House Republicans picked Rep. Jeremy Faison as their new caucus chairman Thursday, with the Cosby lawmaker emerging as the...

Tennessee Democratic lawmaker vows to 'work on every maneuver that's possible' to expel embattled Rep. Byrd

Published Aug. 20 2019

A Knoxville Democratic lawmaker says she is "pursuing every option available" in her effort to expel Republican Rep. David Byrd...

Tennessee House Democratic leader won't be able to press Medicaid expansion, school voucher repeal during special session

Published Aug. 19 2019

Tennessee House Democrats won't be able to push efforts to expand Medicaid or repeal a controversial school voucher law during...

Decision time yet again for Tennessee House Republicans this week as GOP Caucus chair election looms

Published Aug. 18 2019

Four Tennessee House Republicans, including a Signal Mountain lawmaker, are set to square off Thursday in an election to become...

Tennessee ends fiscal year with $600 million-plus surplus

Published Aug. 15 2019

Tennessee government's overall tax collections in July fell slightly short of budget estimates, but the state nonetheless still wrapped up...

Sen. Bell wrestling over whether Tennessee bill aiming to ban most abortions is best legal strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade

Published Aug. 14 2019

After two days of hearings earlier this week, Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Bell said he is weighing whether...

Signal Mountain Rep. Patsy Hazlewood announces bid for Tennessee House GOP Caucus chair

Published Aug. 13 2019

Signal Mountain Rep. Patsy Hazlewood announced Tuesday she is running for the Tennessee House Republican Caucus chair post left open...

Tennessee abortion rights defenders vow to sue state if near-total ban enacted

Published Aug. 13 2019

In a marathon, sometimes emotional hearing Tuesday, abortion rights advocates warned Tennessee Republican senators they will sue the state and...

Tennessee Republican senators, proponents argue over near-total abortion ban proposal

Published Aug. 12 2019

Tennessee Senate Republicans and fellow abortion rights opponents divided sharply Monday over a proposed near-total abortion ban that would be...

Costs for proposed new UTC athletic facility, McKenzie renovations rise to $22 million

Published Aug. 10 2019

The long-planned project to renovate and expand the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football and athletic training facilities with a...

Tennessee's online sports betting program likely won't be in place for football season's start

Published Aug. 8 2019

The odds are increasing that Tennessee's new sports gambling program won't be up and going until late fall.

Democratic legislators from multiple states rally at Tennessee Capitol for stricter gun laws in wake of Dayton, El Paso shootings

Published Aug. 7 2019

Rallying Wednesday on the steps of the Tennessee Capitol, dozens of mostly Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee, Ohio and other...

Tennessee tourism, travel-related expenditures hit record-breaking $22 billion last year

Published Aug. 6 2019

Tennessee set new records last year in the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry, generating an estimated $22 billion in spending...

Tennessee Gov. Lee to tackle Confederate Gen. Forrest proclamation law before moving bust from state Capitol

Published Aug. 6 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he intends to focus on eliminating a current state law that requires him to sign...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee looking for policy solutions after nation's latest mass shootings

Published Aug. 5 2019

Calling two weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio "tragic and evil," Gov. Bill Lee said Monday his administration is...

Gov. Bill Lee defends decision to move up Tennessee school voucher program start to 2020 school year

Published Aug. 2 2019

Brushing aside concerns and criticisms, Gov. Bill Lee said he sticking with a new plan to implement his controversial Tennessee...