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. 


Part 1 of 3
8:17 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Guantanamo Bay: General Who Built Island Prison Reflects

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army's Flickr page.

During the last two years of the Obama administration, the president appears determined to make good on one of his first campaign promises -- to close Guantanamo Bay.  The Virginia-trained general who built GTMO reflects on what happened there, shared little-known details about life at the island prison with an audience at the University of Richmond.  

Major General Michael Lehnert had completed many challenging assignments in more than 30 years of military service, but none quite like the order he got in January of 2002.

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General Assembly 2015
7:55 am
Mon January 12, 2015

General Assembly: Legislative Preview

Virginia’s legislature is about to begin its whirlwind session - 46 days in which lawmakers will consider some 25-hundred bills.  However, there’s one problem that could make this an especially contentious experience. 

Money is the lifeblood of government, and this year it’s in short supply.  That’s the view of State Senator Creigh Deeds, who says Virginia is entering a new era thanks to federal budget cuts.

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Part 5 of 5
4:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Marijuana Reforms: Sales Potential

Virginia is rarely a trendsetter when it comes to legislation.  Attorney General Mark Herring, who was out front on the issue of gay marriage, says he’s taking a wait-and-see approach to reforming marijuana laws, but several factors could accelerate change.

This month, the Virginia legislature will consider a bill to decriminalize marijuana, but before it can be debated it must clear a committee co-chaired by long-time Williamsburg Senator Tommy Norment.

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Part 4 of 5
4:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Marijuana Reforms: Money & Medicine

Credit Photo: David Trawin,

A new poll commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project shows 60% of Virginians think it’s time to decriminalize marijuana, and three out of four voters think seriously ill people should have legal access to medical marijuana. 

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McDonnell Sentenced
7:40 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Reactions to McDonnell's Sentencing

Credit Photo: Anne Marie Morgan

Virginia’s former governor received a lighter sentence than many legal experts predicted following his corruption trial.  Bob McDonnell will serve two years in a federal prison and remain on parole for two years.  Sandy Hausman spoke with two men who had kept a close watch on the case. 

At George Mason University, Assistant Law School Dean Richard Kelsey had predicted a fairly lenient sentence.

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