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. 


News Series Submission, Part 2
4:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Inmates Alledge 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.


At the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Chesapeake, 47-year-old Steven Jowers recalls what happened to his friend Fly.

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News Series Submission, Part 3
4:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Mental Illness

Fifty years ago, this country began closing mental hospitals where people with psychiatric disorders were often warehoused. 

The idea was to send patients back to their communities, where they would live better lives with help from local mental health programs. 

Unfortunately, those services were limited, and many people ended up on the streets or behind bars.  Today, up to 18% of inmates in Virginia prisons are taking drugs for psychiatric conditions, and critics say some are being punished because they can’t comply with prison rules.  

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News Series Submission, Part 4
4:44 pm
Tue April 1, 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. 

When inmates are locked in prison, they lose their freedom - and years of their lives.  Experts like Tina Maschi, a professor at Fordham University in New York, say time behind bars makes prisoners look and feel ten years older than they are.  

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News Series Submission, Part 5
4:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Pressing for Prison Reform

Credit Think Progress

By the end of this year, California must release 9,600 prisoners from the nation’s largest correctional system, because the Supreme Court says overcrowding makes it impossible to provide adequate healthcare for inmates.

Failing to do so constitutes cruel and unusual punishment - a violation of the U.S. Constitution.  Virginia’s prisons are also crowded and facing a lawsuit over medical care.

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Business & Industry
4:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Shenandoah's New Coin

Front Royal is bracing for a crowd Friday morning, as the Shenandoah National Park prepares to unveil its very own quarter.  Coin collectors from around the country are expected, along with locals who love the park.

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