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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Virginia is making some big changes in the way it handles kids who commit crimes.

When Andy Block was picked to run Virginia’s Department of Juvenile Justice in 2014, he was concerned.  The state had cut spending on these troubled kids.

With less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day, a Lynchburg woman is working overtime – sharing her collection of historic valentines with the public and teaching a class on the origins of those fancy love notes. 

The Trump administration has again raised the prospect of drilling for oil and gas off Virginia’s coast, but those are not the only energy sources found at sea.  A substance called Fire and Ice could supply the world with energy for decades.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating Wednesday’s train crash in Crozet, an accident that delayed Republican Senators and Congressmen en route to a retreat at the Greenbrier Resort.


There are now more than 30,000 people in Virginia prisons, costing taxpayers more than a billion dollars a year.  A growing number are senior citizens with average healthcare costs of $68,000 a year.  The parole board could release many of them, but it’s been freeing less than five percent per year.