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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Phi Kappa Psi
5:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

UVA Fraternity Voluntarily Suspends Activities

Phi Kappa Psi

Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia has voluntarily surrendered its Fraternal Organization Agreement with the University and suspended all chapter activities as an investigation into rape allegations unfolds.

About 700 people rallied at the University of Virginia Thursday, responding to a Rolling Stone Magazine report detailing charges of sexual assault at a prestigious UVA fraternity. Phi Kappa Psi has since closed its doors, called the incident intolerable and pledged full cooperation with a police investigation. 

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Calls to End Sexual Violence
5:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rally at UVA

About 700 people rallied at the University of Virginia responding to reports of sexual violence on campus. 

Students and faculty gathered on short notice for a protest organized by the Middle Eastern and Islamic Student Association.  A member of that group, Ahmad Intesar, proposed the gathering after seeing a story in Rolling Stone Magazine, recounting, among other things, the gang rape of a freshman at the prestigious Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

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A Nationwide Problem
8:04 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rolling Stone Article Paints Ugly Picture of UVA Campus Rape Issue

The University of Virginia is again under a dark cloud – singled out by Rolling Stone Magazine for dismissing or downgrading reports of rape on campus.  

The Rolling Stone report begins with the story of a young woman it calls Jackie – now a junior at UVA. 

She says she was raped by seven young men at a fraternity party during her freshman year, but friends urged her not to report the attack because it might damage the school’s reputation and her own social standing.

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Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Skateboard Hero

The 360 Fingerflip Crossfoot
Credit Hollis Brumfield

A Richmond man is celebrating a national win in his sport of choice - skateboarding. 

Connor Burke has been skateboarding since the age of 8, and this year - at 22 - he won the acclaim he’s been hoping for, taking top honors in the national freestyle skateboard championships.  Unlike others who speed, bump and spin down city streets and stairways, freestylers skate on flat surfaces but do tricks with the board.

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Donation Pays it Forward for Founding Father
3:42 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

A Gift for Montpelier

Credit The Montpelier Foundation

November 15th, tomorrow, is National Philanthropy Day, as President Ronald Reagan first deemed it back in 1986. It’s a time to recognize those who give and volunteer in our communities.

With that, the story now of a wealthy fan of American history. 

While the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are multi-million dollar tourist attractions for Virginia,  a $10 million donation now means the managers of James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, will be stepping up their game as well.
 

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