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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For & Against
11:59 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The Medicaid Expansion Push

One of the biggest issues for this legislative session is whether to expand Medicaid.  The Affordable Care Act assumed states would do that and offered to pay the full cost for the first three years – then scaling back to 90% over the next seven years.  

About half the states – including Virginia – refused, and that means about 190,000 people in the Commonwealth will still be without medical coverage.  Governor McAuliffe is pushing for expansion of Medicaid, but Republicans are pushing back with some surprising proposals.

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New Inspector General Report
3:10 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Mental Health Care in Virginia's Jails

More than 6,000 people in Virginia’s local and regional jails are mentally ill according to a new report from Virginia’s Inspector General, but they’re not getting adequate care. 

Sheriffs, who oversee those jails, are begging the legislature for help.
 

There are about 70 jails in Virginia housing 6,346 people with mental illness, and John Jones, director of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, says that can lead to dangerous situations.

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House Bill 49
10:49 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Legislation to Ban 'Revenge Porn'

It’s a sign of the times that Virginia lawmakers may soon consider a bill to ban what’s popularly known as “revenge porn” – the posting of naked pictures by an ex-lover online. 
 

Albemarle County Prosecutor Denise Lunsford is a powerful woman, and when a former boyfriend posted nude pictures of her on Twitter, she went to court.  The pictures came down, but there was no legal penalty.  Now, Delegate Marcus Simon is stepping up to change that.  He sees revenge porn as a kind of assault and says Lunsford is not alone.

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Surveying Voters
2:21 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

The Marijuana Debate

A recent Gallup poll shows 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.  Colorado and Washington  have done so, and Californians are expected to vote on the question this year.  So might the Commonwealth follow their lead? 

Virginia was once a major producer of tobacco, but today less than five percent of the world’s crop is grown in the U.S.   The state’s climate is favorable for growing marijuana, there’s plenty of water, and many rural areas might welcome an economic boost, but the political climate is something else.

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Model Mental Health Program
11:41 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Community Mental Health Center

It’s five times more expensive to care for people with mental illness in a hospital than in the community, so it makes financial sense that the governor’s proposed budget contains more money for a model mental health program designed to keep people out of hospitals. 

When individuals or families face a mental health crisis in and around Charlottesville, help is just a phone call away.  Region Ten’s Emergency Services are available 24/7.  Patients with serious depression, schizophrenia and other mental illness are welcomed at the community mental health center

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