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. 

Associated Press

Dominion Virginia Power says it wants to develop offshore wind power, but the high cost of installation would make it far more expensive than electricity produced by burning fossil fuels or operating a nuclear plant. The utility also wonders how well offshore turbines would fair during a hurricane. Now, engineers at the University of Virginia have come up with a design that could solve both of those problems.

Domestic violence is a big problem in this country, with as many as one in three women reporting abuse in the course of their lives.  In some cases, the risk increases during pregnancy, but a new study from the University of Virginia shows it’s possible to protect women by screening for danger during pre-natal visits. 

National Endowment for the Humanities

The University of Virginia is gearing up for a big celebration next week. On this, the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, it will bring more than 70 speakers to Charlottesville, including authors Salman Rushdie and Juno Diaz, for a three day gathering called Human Ties.

Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Last week, more than 400 people from around the world gathered in Washington to talk about an evolving medical technology promoted by a Virginia foundation.  It’s called Focused Ultrasound, and it shows promise for the treatment of everything from cancer and Parkinson’s disease to arthritis and high blood pressure.  

The Sexual Assault Resource Agency

When the public learned that a young woman at the University of Virginia might have made up a story about sexual assault at a fraternity house, experts worried that future victims might be reluctant to report rape for fear they would not be believed.  In fact, for Albemarle and surrounding counties, there’s been a 30% increase in women coming forward after a sexual assault.