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. 

The Art of Sucking Up

Nov 14, 2017

Donald Trump is known to praise himself. And it's been reported that the president thrives on praise. That fact has the nation thinking about flattery, and it could boost sales of a new book written by two professors from Virginia.  Sandy Hausman spoke with them and filed this report.

Many people today complain about conditions in Virginia prisons. Some are crowded and others get so hot in the summer that prisoners pass out. The state spends less than $5 a day to feed each inmate, and the Department of Corrections is under court order to improve medical care. Despite these problems, one historian reports conditions were much worse at the penitentiary, which opened in 1800.  Sandy Hausman spoke with the author or a new book on the pen nears its original location in Richmond.

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There’s new hope for a German man who’s spent three decades in Virginia prisons for a crime he says he did not commit.

Jens Soering was convicted in the bloody murders of his girlfriend’s parents when he was 18.  Now, the Director at the Institute for Actual Innocence at the University of Richmond’s law school, Mary Kelly Tate, says Soering could not be convicted if he were tried today.

(AP Photo/ Ron Harris)

For birdwatchers in the Blue Ridge this is an exciting time of year.  Millions of raptors – hawks and eagles, falcons and kites – are making their way south for the winter. 

AP Photo/Steve Helber

It’s been more than a year since Jens Soering asked Governor Terry McAuliffe for a pardon.  The former UVA honors student was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s parents at their Bedford County home in 1985 but a new analysis of DNA showed type-O blood found at the home of Nancy and Derek Haysom did not come from Soering as argued by the local prosecutor.  Now, Sandy Hausman reports that a new investigator is adding his name to the plea for pardon.