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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Several white supremacists have been tried and sentenced for violent acts in Charlottesville on August 12th, but no one has been charged with assaults that occurred the night before on the University of Virginia campus. 

Now, a law professor and two of her students are asking the Commonwealth’s Attorney to prosecute those who carried burning torches across the school’s historic lawn. 

The Virginia Folklife Apprentice Program opened its doors to the public this month – showing some surprising arts and crafts from around the Commonwealth. 

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It’s been nearly two years since Jens Soering, a former honors student at the University of Virginia, asked the governor’s office for a pardon.  Soering was convicted in the bloody murders of his girlfriend’s parents, but for more than 30 years he’s maintained his innocence.  A growing body of evidence suggests he’s telling the truth, but  the governor and the parole board have yet to decide on his request. 

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State lawmakers are mulling a budget for the next two years, looking for money to fund programs and services.  One fund they’re unlikely to raid is economic development, a category of state spending worth nearly $20 million. 

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The University of Virginia has issued new rules that would keep torch-wielding extremists away from the Lawn or Rotunda where they marched on August 11th.