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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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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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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