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. 

Tom Garrett

Republican Tom Garrett has announced he will not seek re-election from Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District, after media reports that he and his wife treated Congressional staffers like servants – asking them to run personal errands, to care for their dog and kids.  Garrett stood outside the state capitol in Richmond Monday to confess he is an alcoholic and said he would bow out of November’s race. 

Faced with the growing crisis of opioid addiction, the Food and Drug Administration asked makers of those medications to cut back on the amount they produced. 

Now, major medical centers like the University of Virginia are faced with a shortage, unable to prescribe those drugs for all of the patients in pain.  But UVA has come up with alternatives and made some surprising discoveries in the process.

Representative Tom Garrett ended speculation about his future plans when he said Thursday that he would run for reelection in November.  Garrett's announcement came at the end of an impassioned, occasionally rambling news conference in Washington, DC.

At a time when many universities are raising rates and cutting back on spending, Liberty University in Lynchburg is booming.  The private, Christian school is wrapping up more than a dozen major construction projects in less than a decade. 

Washington & Lee University

Scholars from Washington and Lee and the University of Richmond are sharing a surprising discovery – showing and explaining ancient graffiti online. 

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