Sandy Hausman

WVTF/RADIO IQ Charlottesville Bureau Chief

Sandy Hausman joined our news team in 2008 after honing her radio skills in Chicago.  Since then, she's won several national awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Radio, Television and Digital News Association and the Public Radio News Directors' Association. 

Sandy has reported extensively on issues of concern to Virginians, traveling as far afield as Panama, Ecuador, Indonesia and Hong Kong for stories on how expansion of  the Panama Canal will effect the Port of Virginia, what Virginians are doing to protect the Galapagos Islands, why a Virginia-based company is destroying the rainforest and how Virginia wines are selling in Asia.

She is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. 

In 2014, the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women agreed to settle a lawsuit over its failure to provide adequate medical care for prisoners, but the Legal Aid Justice Center is back in court this week, asking a judge to step-in.  One of the plaintiffs is a 63-year-old woman from Lynchburg.

The public often hears news about sex offenders who commit the most serious crimes, but many of the sex offenses you don’t hear about – while disturbing – were not violent. In Virginia, for example, inappropriate touching, texting a lewd photo or using X-rated language in front of a minor can land people on Virginia’s sex offender registry.

Andrew Shurtleff / The Daily Progress via AP, Pool

Charlottesville’s city council met behind closed doors Thursday to review the performance of manager Maurice Jones and police chief Al Thomas. There were rumors both might be fired or resign over the violent events of August 12th as Sandy Hausman reports.

The city of Charlottesville has covered two controversial statues following violent protests earlier this month.  Sandy Hausman reports on why they’re now draped in black.

A surprising art show opens Friday, August 25,  at the University of Virginia – 16 pieces of sculpture crafted from ocean trash.