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
6:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

2014 Muzzle Awards Bring Attention to Attacks on Free Expression

Credit TJCenter.org

It’s that time of year again, when the Thomas Jefferson Center in Charlottesville hands out Muzzle Awards to people and institutions that have attacked free expression.  

It’s been a challenging year at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, with attacks coming from all sides.  Since 9/11, in fact, Director Josh Wheeler says lots of places are trashing the First Amendment.

“These attacks on the press start at the White House and go down to the statehouse and down to the school house.”

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40 Virginia Winners
3:47 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Scholastic Art Awards

Forty Virginia high school students will head for college with an extra measure of confidence.  They’re winners of a national art competition that awards medals, scholarships and a measure of prestige that could ensure admission to one of this country’s top art schools.

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Part 1 of 5
5:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: The Series Begins

There are about 30,000 Virginians in state prisons, and Virginia spends more than $25,000 a year to house each of them, making the Department of Corrections the most expensive agency in Richmond, with a billion dollar annual budget.

It spends $160 million on healthcare, but critics say that care is inadequate, and some inmates could be dying for lack of medical attention.  Another 30,000 people are locked up in city or county jails, and as we'll hear throughout this series, their care is also questionable.

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Part 2 of 5
5:24 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Inmates Allege Medical Neglect

The state of Virginia spends an average of $5,300 a year per inmate for medical care in prisons, and that cost has been rising 5-7 percent per year, but  taxpayers may not be getting their money’s worth, and people locked up for minor crimes could be paying with their lives.

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Part 4 of 5
5:01 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Elderly Inmates

Credit Family Caregiver Alliance

The United States has more people in prisons and jails than any other country in the world -- 2.2 million inmates -- a 500% increase over the past thirty years. 

We’re also a graying society, with millions of baby boomers claiming the title of senior citizen. 

Those two trends spell trouble for Virginia’s prisons, as  caring for a single senior behind bars can cost more than $65,000 a year.

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