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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Medicaid Expansion
8:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

VA Medicaid Expansion a Lively Topic in Charlottesville

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity organized a public forum in Charlottesville this week to discuss Medicaid expansion.  The featured speakers were two Republican Delegates who strongly oppose the idea, but it seemed they had come to the wrong place, as supporters packed the auditorium.  

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Filmmaking in Virginia
7:33 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Making of the Film: "Field of Lost Shoes"

Credit Richmond Times-Dispatch

Next month, as it does every year, the Virginia Military Institute will honor ten cadets who were killed at the Battle of New Market - boys who were not supposed to fight, but ended up filling a gap in the confederate line. 

They and 237 other cadets get credit for winning that battle and keeping union troops out of the Shenandoah Valley.  Now they’re the subject of a surprising film - written and produced by a man with no movie-making experience.    

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Historical Protests
4:33 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Freedom Now

Students of American history learn about the Civil Rights movement in this country – about marches and sit-ins in places like Birmingham and Selma, but at Virginia Commonwealth University there’s a new project underway – an online display of photographs from one of many other cities where such protests took place. 

VCU is hoping the public can help identify participants and share details of what went on. 

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Part 1 of 5
12:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Going Green? Maybe Not, Virginia

In 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association says installations were up 41% nationwide, with North Carolina ranking third for installed solar capacity and Maryland 16th, but neighboring Virginia was far down the list at number 26. 

Thirty states, including West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, have land-based wind farms, but Virginia has none. 

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Part 2 of 5
12:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Going Green? Wind vs. Public Opinion

Virginia is blessed with wind – in the mountains and along its shores, so you might expect this state to jump quickly into the business of generating electricity from  turbines. 

Likewise, there’s plenty of sunshine, but Dominion Virginia Power’s preferred plan for 2027 shows just four percent of our electricity coming from renewable sources. Appalachian Power will be at 9% by 2020, but most of that energy will come from existing hydro-electric dams. 

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