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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Expect Cancellations
4:53 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Airports Prepare for Winter Storm

Sandy Hausman reports.

Airports around the Commonwealth are preparing for snow and pledging to keep their runways clean, but flights are already being canceled for reasons beyond control.

Charlottesville’s airport sees 40-50 flights a day, and spokesman Jason Burch says it’s no problem to keep the runway open.  A team of about 30 people has been planning for winter weather since July.

“As soon as we start to see a forecast with a lot of accumulation, we’ll begin to activate the snow team.  We’ve got a lot of equipment out here to make sure that runway and taxiway stay open.”

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Law & Crime
8:29 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Education Leaders Discuss Sexual Misconduct Issues

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It’s been nearly three years since the federal government issued legal guidelines for universities facing an epidemic of sexual misconduct on campus.  This week, the of Virginia hosts the first conference of its kind – a two-day program for college presidents and other administrators struggling to understand and manage students in the age of hooking up. 

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Spotlight on WVTF
3:10 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Writing for Radio

Patrick McCafferty at his backyard weed salad bar.

Weed Salad, Anyone?

Spring has finally sprung here in Virginia, and that’s got one Charlottesville man on the move – pulling weeds, but he’s not just any gardener.  He’s planning meals around the greens he gets for free, as Sandy Hausman reports.

 

Emergency Poems         

In an emergency, some people turn to drink, while others rely on prayer, but for a small and committed group at the University of Virginia, there’s nothing better in a crisis than poetry.  Sandy Hausman reports on a celebration of emergency poems.

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Solar Energy Woes
7:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Virginia Hoping to Catch Up When It Comes to Solar Power

It’s no surprise that California and Arizona top the list of states installing solar power, but Virginia’s neighbors - Maryland and North Carolina - are in the top ten.   Critics say Virginia is a “dark spot” on the map because government policies don’t promote green energy.  Now, however, the state legislature has approved a bill that will bring down one barrier to solar power.  

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Children & ADHD
4:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

UVA Studies Brain Training Games

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Seven to nine percent of children in the state of Virginia have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – a condition that makes it hard to concentrate. 

Several for-profit companies have developed computer programs which claim to help kids focus, but a review by the University of Virginia’s school of education suggests none of them work.

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