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. 

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Community Hopping
7:22 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Hardywood Brewery Looks to Community Hopping

Hardywood Brewers Ken Rayher and Justin Anderson

Craft brewers in Virginia say they’re having some trouble finding enough of one key ingredient, so a brewery in Richmond is turning to its customers for help.  Ken Rayher at Hardywood Brewery says the shortage can be traced to more small producers in the market and to older stocks of the so-called Noble hops.

“Kind of the original five varieties that mostly originate in Germany of the Czech Republic. Some of those being older varieties are disease or wilt susceptible.”

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Environmentalists Mark Oil Spill Anniversary
1:54 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Public Comment on Off-Shore Oil Exploration

This week marks the five year anniversary of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – an accident that killed millions of birds, fish and marine mammals, while damaging tourism and industries that rely on the sea.

Here in Virginia, environmentalists are marking the day by urging public opposition to oil exploration off our coast.  Sierra Weaver is a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. 

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Proposal to Sell Coal Investments
1:07 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

University of Mary Washington's Board Votes Nay on Divesting

Credit Divest UMW/facebook

Students at the University of Mary Washington spent three weeks sitting-in at the administration building – demanding the school consider selling its investments in coal. 

As a major producer of greenhouse gas, they argued that fuel was putting the Earth at risk, but the school’s  board didn’t see the point, and its president says two students will be prosecuted.

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Arts & Culture
6:19 am
Fri April 17, 2015

'Found Yourself' at Tom Tom Founder's Festival 2015

Music festivals, art shows and cooking competitions are commonplace in this country, but a Charlottesville man may have the ticket to something bigger – a week-long event that celebrates all of those things and the quality that connects them. 

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Part 2 of 3
4:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: Preventing Future Tragedies

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It’s been eight years since a disturbed student went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before taking his own life.  Since then, colleges and universities have made significant changes to prevent future tragedies.  

Since the shootings at Virginia Tech, a cottage industry has sprung up around campus security.  

“These are challenging times for colleges and universities. Crime on campus is more concerning than ever, tragic shootings, student suicides, injuries, suspicious behaviors, concerning events are coming from every direction.”

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