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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Government & Politics
12:45 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Tale of Two Gun Rallies

Hundreds of people, some of them armed, were in Richmond Tuesday - hoping to sway lawmakers toward voting for or against further regulation of guns. 

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Hearing for Sex Offenders
4:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bill Tackles Criminal Name Changes

It’s fairly easy for people in Virginia to change their name, but when it comes to sex offenders, one state lawmaker thinks it should be more difficult.

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Early Voting, Vote by Mail Project
3:35 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Legislation Aims for Voting Ease

Voting could be easier if one Virginia lawmaker has his way.  One proposal would  allow absentee ballots from anyone who’d like to vote early – and another that could lead to voting by mail.

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Lobbying Lawmakers
9:50 am
Mon January 20, 2014

General Assembly Considers Gun-Related Legislation

The issue of gun control will be on the minds of state officials today, as lobbyists prepare to deliver their message to lawmakers.

Virginia’s General Assembly will consider more than 60 gun-related bills this session.  One, favored by some Republicans, would require every school board to designate a staff member or volunteer to carry a concealed handgun on school property.  Another would make it illegal for public agencies to assist the federal government in completing a criminal background check in connection with the sale of a gun.

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State Job Applications
11:26 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Ban the Box Efforts

Most job applications have a box on page one that asks applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime.  Critics say that’s one big reason that people coming out of prison can’t get work and end up back behind bars.  Now, there’s a move in the legislature to ban the box.

Virginia’s prisons offer a range of educational and vocational training programs, and many inmates go home with new skills and a commitment to live within the laws, but often they’re frustrated by the inability to find work.

“I mean they literally can’t get an interview.  People won’t even talk to them.”

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