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

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's charter school bill clears House, Senate education committees after school board bypass provision dropped

Published Mar. 20 2019

Proposed changes to Tennessee charter school approvals narrowly cleared a major House hurdle Wednesday after Republican Gov. Bill Lee's administration...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's school vouchers bill clears first House hurdle

Published Mar. 19 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's controversial school voucher bill cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday after extensive debate, with several lawmakers...

Tennessee seat belt usage rate hits all-time high

Published Mar. 19 2019

Tennesseans' use of seat belts has hit a record high with just over nine of every 10 drivers using the...

Tennessee Senate passes bill allowing alcohol sales at college sports stadiums; House to discuss on Thursday

Published Mar. 18 2019

The Tennessee Senate on Monday approved legislation to permit alcohol sales at most Tennessee public college and university sports venues,...

Tennessee Senate passes restrictions on police oversight boards' subpoena powers

Published Mar. 18 2019

The Tennessee Senate on Monday passed legislation to restrict independent subpoena powers for cities' police oversight boards, but members took...

Lee announces nearly $15 million in grants to expand rural broadband in Tennessee

Published Mar. 18 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday announced $14.8 million in broadband accessibility grants to 13 grantees to help expand broadband...

Political Notebook: As Gov. Bill Lee voucher bill comes up for committee hearings, teachers' group seeks to galvanize members in opposition

Published Mar. 18 2019

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee's controversial school voucher program makes its first public appearance Tuesday in the Tennessee Legislature in...

Tennessee bill allowing alcohol sales at most public college sports venues up for final votes this week

Published Mar. 18 2019

NASHVILLE — A bill permitting alcohol sales at most Tennessee public college and university sports stadiums and arenas is up...

Lee's private school voucher plan could hit $125 million, impact 15,000 kids by Year 5

Published Mar. 14 2019

Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday fleshed out details of his proposed school voucher program with the experiment expected to cost...

Tennessee House approves bill stripping subpoena powers from cities' police oversight boards

Published Mar. 14 2019

State House Republicans on Thursday approved legislation stripping Tennessee cities' appointed police oversight boards from exercising independent subpoena powers to...

Lee cautious about legislative Republican proposal for federal TennCare block grant

Published Mar. 13 2019

Gov. Bill Lee says he's interested in exploring whether turning federal funding for TennCare into a "block grant" will serve...

Piney Falls State Natural Area almost doubles in size after addition of nearly 400 acres

Published Mar. 12 2019

The size of the state's Piney Falls State Natural Area in Rhea County has almost doubled through the addition of...

Despite nervousness, Tennessee House panel approves Gov. Bill Lee's charter school authorizer bill

Published Mar. 12 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's proposal to create a new independent state entity for authorizing charter schools cleared its first legislative...

Tennessee bill requiring fees on money transfers to fund border wall fails in state House panel

Published Mar. 12 2019

A Tennessee bill seeking to impose fees on money transfers and use proceeds to help fund President Donald Trump's wall...

Tennessee bill that would cut hours of training, fee for gun carry permit stalls as proponents analyze costs to state

Published Mar. 11 2019

A controversial bill that seeks to slash current training requirements as well as costs for many Tennesseans who want state-issued...

UTC supports bill allowing alcohol sales at college arenas, stadiums for non-sporting events

Published Mar. 10 2019

Count the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga among state universities interested in a bill now moving through the state legislature...

Tennessee House passes controversial fetal heartbeat abortion bill

Published Mar. 7 2019

The Tennessee House on Thursday passed a controversial bill to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could...

State House, Senate panels send final UT system, UTC campus board nominations for final floor votes

Published Mar. 6 2019

State House and Senate panels on Wednesday approved nominations for three members of the University of Tennessee system board of...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee triggers debate with 'bold' education savings account proposal

Published Mar. 6 2019

Republican Gov. Bill Lee is downplaying concerns voiced by Democrats as well as some members of his own party over...

Septic tank bill passes state Senate, moves through first House panel

Published Mar. 5 2019

A bill dealing with Hamilton County's septic tank and sewer problems cleared the Tennessee Senate Monday on a 31-0 vote...