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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Suicide Still a Crime in VA
3:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Lawmaker Fights Unnecessary Stigma

There’s no law on the books, but under Virginia’s common law, suicide is considered a crime.  In the current legislative session, one delegate thinks it’s time for the Commonwealth to change that. 

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STEM Shortage Myth?
4:36 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

STEM Jobs: Science, Technology Engineering & Math

Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

You’ve probably heard that the nation trains too few scientists, mathematicians, engineers or computer techs to compete with China or India.  Our schools are buzzing about that, and government is pouring money into teacher training, but experts are beginning to question the claim and to worry about a surplus.

 

2013 was a good year for Time-Warner Cable. Third quarter profits exceeded estimates and revenue from high-speed Internet customers was up 14%, but company executives claim they’re worried about the future.  

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Route 29 Problems
7:51 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Route 29 Bypass Continues to Encounter "Roadblocks"

Credit www.charlottesville-virginia.com

It’s been more than two years since the state vowed to build a road around Charlottesville - allowing truckers and travelers headed for DC or Danville, Lynchburg or Northern Virginia to avoid local congestion.  Environmentalists have fought the plan at every turn. Now, with a new governor set to take office, opponents are hoping for a permanent road block, and for many reasons, they might get their way.

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Law & Crime
7:36 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Positive News on the Crime Front

New numbers from the U.S. Justice Department may come as a surprise to those who think prisons are the best response to crime.  Inmate populations are down, and so are criminal convictions.

About 2.3 million Americans are in state and federal prisons or jails, but the numbers have been dropping, and an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts clearly shows the trend in Virginia and neighboring Maryland.

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Education
7:09 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Student Investors Learning Real World Lessons

2013 was a good year on Wall Street, with many stocks breaking records.  Among those celebrating are 40 students at Washington & Lee University, who manage a portfolio of nearly two million dollars.  These novice investors have beat the S&P 500 more often than not. 

There’s no better way to learn than to do, and the Board of Trustees at Washington and Lee University has proven that point by giving a club of business school students the chance to invest a million bucks.  John Jensen, assistant dean of the Williams School, says trustees came up with the cash in 1997.

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