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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For Curd Nerds
9:16 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Cheese Whiz

There are now 250 vineyards in Virginia feeding the state’s appreciation for wine, and to go with the grape, there’s a growing cheese trade here.  

It’s Sunday, and 27-year-old Nadjeeb Chouaf is preaching the gospel of good cheese – leading members of the Afton Mountain Vineyard  Club in a wine and cheese tasting event – one of  three scheduled for this afternoon alone.  He offers freshly cut wedges with a word of introduction:

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Artist Joseph Cornell, Honorary Virginian

Joseph Cornell, “Untitled (Juan Gris Series, Black Cockatoo Silhouette),” c. 1954-1965. Box construction, 19 5/8 in. x 12 x 4 3/8 in. Gift of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Art © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The artist Joseph Cornell spent almost every day of his life in New York City, but he’s becoming an honorary Virginian.  The foundation he left behind has given millions to causes in the Commonwealth, and this spring his work will be shown and discussed in Charlottesville and Richmond. 

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Reforming K-12
3:13 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

New Study on Education Spending

The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank that promotes free markets, is out with a study suggesting increased spending for education makes no difference in students’ achievement, but critics dismiss that conclusion.

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Governor Praises Mercury Paper
4:28 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Environmentalists Keep an Eye on Virginia Company

Two years ago, the World Wildlife Fund issued a surprising plea -- urging consumers to take care when buying toilet paper. 

The organization claimed a company called Asia Pulp and Paper was destroying rainforest to make pulp for cheap bathroom tissue manufactured here in Virginia by a subsidiary called Mercury Paper. 

Since then, APP has promised not to cut down rainforest trees, and last week Governor Terry McAuliffe showed up to praise the firm, but environmentalists are skeptical.

 

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A Weekend for Nature Lovers
1:27 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Celebrating Woodlands

Credit Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

There’s a big weekend ahead for those who love trees, with a Historic Tree symposium in Charlottesville, a lecture in Blacksburg, and an Old Growth Forest walk at Montpelier.

James Madison’s family thought nothing of clearing the woods around their plantation in 1723.  In fact, most Americans viewed trees as an impediment to farming, but a convenient source of building materials and food.  Later in life, Madison would come to regret that view.  Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich reads what he had to say on the subject.

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