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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Law & Crime
7:27 am
Wed November 26, 2014

UVA's Board of Visitors Reacts to Campus Sexual Assault Allegations

Credit The University of Virginia. Photo: Dan Addison/UVA Public Affairs

The University of Virginia’s Rector has issued a public apology following a report in Rolling Stone magazine that the school harbors a culture of rape.  Members of the board of visitors may soon adopt a policy of zero tolerance for sexual assault and consider new limits on alcohol consumption at fraternities. 

Board chairman Keith Martin said he was appalled by the Rolling Stone report which began with the story of a woman called Jackie.  She said she was raped by seven men at a fraternity party.  When she refused to press charges, the university took no action against the men.

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Finding Inner Peace in the Produce Aisle
6:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Supermarket Meditation: Easing Grocery-Induced Stress

Credit ellwoodthompsons.com

For some people, grocery shopping is stressful.  They’re out of crunchy peanut butter.   The price of lettuce is up again, and the line at checkout is way too long. But one store in Richmond has found a way to ease the pain. 

Elwood Thompson’s supermarket sits at the corner of Elwood and Thompson in Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood.  It offers locally grown, organic produce and meats, whole grains and nutritional supplements, natural cleaning and beauty products, and a spot upfront to relax over a green tea latte or some freshly squeezed juice.

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Law & Crime
8:39 am
Tue November 25, 2014

UVA Reacts to Gang Rape Allegations, Board of Visitors Discusses How to Move Forward

The University of Virginia Governing Board meets today to address the gang rape allegations by a campus fraternity. Students, faculty and staff are all reacting to the disturbing alleged events that have placed the historic university in an unwanted spotlight. 

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The Business of Craft Beer Hunting
8:18 am
Mon November 24, 2014

TAPS: A Comprehensive Beer App and First Place Business Pitch

Credit Flickr user Four Brewers / Creative Commons

Americans have a growing thirst for beer, and a student from the University of Richmond is tapping into that trend with a new app which has already earned him $3.500. 

Americans adore their beer, and something big is happening to the business of brews. Overall sales last year were down nearly two percent, but consumption of craft beers – made by small, local breweries – rose more than 17%.  University of Richmond senior Nick Creegan is a craft beer fan.

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Phi Kappa Psi
5:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

UVA Fraternity Voluntarily Suspends Activities

Phi Kappa Psi

Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia has voluntarily surrendered its Fraternal Organization Agreement with the University and suspended all chapter activities as an investigation into rape allegations unfolds.

About 700 people rallied at the University of Virginia Thursday, responding to a Rolling Stone Magazine report detailing charges of sexual assault at a prestigious UVA fraternity. Phi Kappa Psi has since closed its doors, called the incident intolerable and pledged full cooperation with a police investigation. 

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