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. 

Four months after Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico, 450,000 people are still without power.  Thousands of Americans have stepped up to help. In Charlottesville this weekend, some young philanthropists plan to do their part.

Virginia begins this year with about 30,000 citizens behind bars.  Experts say 4 to 7 percent were wrongfully convicted, but state law makes it nearly impossible to get a new trial.  One of those who maintains her innocence is Trudy Munoz, a legal immigrant from Peru.

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Between 2015 and 2017 the number of deaths caused by an overdose of opioid drugs rose by 40% in Virginia, sometimes leaving kids without parents. Those who are addicted are often unable to care properly for children.  That’s why one social service organization has put out a call for more foster homes.

Just before leaving office, former Governor Terry McAuliffe pardoned six people serving time in Virginia prisons.  Sandy Hausman reports on why he decided to free them and why many others who asked for a pardon remain behind bars.

University of Virginia

If humans ever decide to colonize Mars, we’ll need a source of energy, so NASA is sponsoring a competition to design the best system for getting it. A team of students at the University of Virginia has made it through the first round of competition.

It’s been nearly 50 years since America put men on the moon, and a new generation of college students were not even born when that happened.  For them, the mission is Mars, and for humans to survive there we’ll need an artificial atmosphere created, in part, with electricity.