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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"The Internal Enemy"
5:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UVA's Alan Taylor Takes Second Pulitzer

A University of Virginia Professor is celebrating a rare victory today – winning a Pulitzer prize for the second time. 

Alan Taylor’s latest book – The Internal Enemy -- tells the story of 3,400 slaves who escaped from Virginia and Maryland plantations to British ships off the coast during the War of 1812.

“I found some important documents, including some letters written by these former slaves, telling dramatic stories of their night time escapes, fighting on behalf of the British as marines and sailors and nurses and laundresses and guides and pilots.”  

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Virginia Film Office
4:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Series is a House of Cards for State Funding Incentives

Credit Netflix.com

The production company behind the popular Netflix series House of Cards has delayed the start of a third season as it waits to see whether the state of Maryland will come up with incentive payments totaling $15 million. 

The show had received $13 million a year in its first two seasons but threatened to leave if Maryland didn’t come up with another $2 million.  The governor proposed taking money from non-profit arts organizations, but the legislature did not agree.  Does that open a door for the state of Virginia or the District of Columbia?

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Community of Artisans
8:05 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Photography Exhibit Features Evolution of Charlottesville's Linen Building

Photograph: June Collmer

It’s been said that Americans no longer make anything, but one group of people begs to differ.  A new generation of craftsmen has taken over an old industrial building in Charlottesville, and they’re featured in an exhibit of photography opening tonight. 

Lauren Danley is a surprising woman in a surprising place.  She’s got tattoos on her arms, a bandana on her head and a big smile on her face as she turns up the music and gets down to work at her company  – Metal, Inc. 

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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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