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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First Thanksgiving
9:33 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The REAL Feast

Executive Chef J. Young prepares a historically accurate Thanksgiving meal.
Credit Washington & Lee University

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to consider what the Pilgrims really ate. 

At Washington & Lee University, students got a taste of the original feast and found eel and beer were likely part of the meal, but turkey? Maybe not.

Before heading home for the holidays, anthropologist  Allison Bell invited her students to dine on what research shows the pilgrims actually ate.  

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Arts & Culture
8:09 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Troubadours Recount the Life of John Paul Jones

Credit www.reidvansante.com

In Charlottesville, the name John Paul Jones evokes thoughts of a large arena where basketball teams and rock groups perform.  It was named for the father of a big UVA donor, but for those who love American history, another John Paul Jones comes to mind, and now two musicians from the British Isles are traveling in America - singing the praises of this early American patriot.

Rob Van Sante and Alan Reid are a pair of troubadours from the UK who love telling tales through their music.  

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Access to Care
4:57 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Mental Health Services in the Spotlight

A community mental health organization is in the spotlight, after this week's attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and the apparent suicide of his son. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch said Gus Deeds had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday, but he was not admitted for in-patient care, because no hospitals in the area had psychiatric beds available.

But several facilities in the region report that they could have admitted Gus Deeds.

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Mental Health Services in Question
8:44 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Senator's Son: A Lack of Adequate Mental Health Services?

Credit roanoke.com

State Senator Creigh Deeds is recovering after being stabbed at his Bath County home yesterday, evidently by his 24-year-old son.  The attack and subsequent apparent suicide by Gus Deeds have raised new concerns about whether Virginia provides adequate mental health services.  We have more on Gus Deeds’ case and what experts hope will happen next.

Gus Deeds had been assessed by mental health professionals who hoped to hospitalize him, but no psychiatric beds could be found in all of Western Virginia, so he was sent home.

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Family Tragedy
8:34 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Hospital Lists Senator's Condition as "Good"

Credit nymag.com

State Senator Creigh Deeds continues to recover from stab wounds he suffered yesterday at his home in Bath County.  Police believe his 24-year-old son attacked the senator before taking his own life. 

The emergency call came just after 7 a.m.  Corinne Geller, who speaks for the Virginia State Police, said there was an attack at Deeds home in rural Millboro.

Senator Deeds and his son had an altercation at the Deeds residence.  Deeds was stabbed multiple times about the head and upper torso.

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