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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Charlottesville is bracing for a Ku Klux Klan rally tomorrow. The KKK permit was for one hundred participants, but with spectators, police say as many as 800 people could be in Justice Park.

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The epidemic of addiction to opiate drugs in Virginia has added to a prison population of nearly 30,000 people, and since 2015, nine of them have died from an overdose of fentanyl or heroin.  Last year, the Department of Corrections reported 12 cases in which drugs were sent to inmates through the mail and in the first quarter of this year, eight more envelopes arrived bearing banned substances.  Now, prisons are cracking down – making major changes in the mailroom as Sandy Hausman reports.

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State Senator Frank Wagner is one of three Republicans running for governor in Virginia.  He doesn’t have the money or national party connections of Ed Gillespie, and he’s not as controversial as Corey Stewart, but he told reporter Sandy Hausman that he hopes voters will recognize more than 20 years in the state legislature as a plus - and agree that it might be time to raise the gas tax in Virginia.   

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Corey Stewart is the Chairman of the Board in Prince William County, the second largest  county in Virginia. A Tea Party Republican, he’s a strong proponent of gun rights, a passionate opponent of abortion, and - in an election some view as a referendum on Donald Trump - Stewart told Sandy Hausman he’s definitely in the President’s corner.

A man who’s spent more than 30 years behind bars for a double murder he says he did not commit has a powerful new ally today.  Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding says he’s spent more than 200 hours studying the case, and he believes Soering is innocent.  He’s explained his thinking in a 19-page letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe who, to date, has refused to pardon Soering. 

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