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. 

Airbnb is a prime example of what’s known as the sharing economy - homeowners renting out rooms on a short-term basis to visitors looking for a low-cost alternative to hotels.  Booking occurs through the company’s website, which takes a cut.  Users says it’s a great way to make extra cash, but some cities - like Richmond -- claim the practice is illegal.

Deborah Doe shares her historic Richmond home with three zebra finches, a dog and a cat.  She also welcomes guests from around the world - collecting about $70 a night through Airbnb.

VHS Accession Number: 1998.92.1

Like many museums, the Virginia Historical Society has a lot of stuff in storage.  In fact, less than one percent of its documents and artifacts are on display, but the society offers special tours that take curious people behind the scenes. If you have 90 free minutes on certain Saturdays and a strong curious streak, the Virginia Historical Society invites you to learn about a range of quirky topics.

There are an estimated 17,000 bears in Virginia – most in the mountains or the Great Dismal Swamp, but they’re turning up in many places, prompting the state to offer advice on how to live peacefully with carnivores that can weigh more than 700 pounds.  

This is the time of year when hikers are most likely to bump into bears.  That’s because cubs from last year have grown to adolescents and are heading out on their own, according to Lee Walker with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 

Renaming the Redskins

Jun 26, 2015
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The Washington Redskins were back in court this week, hoping to overturn a U.S. Patent Office decision that canceled the team’s trademark, because some find it offensive.  That controversy prompted business students at Virginia Commonwealth University to research and choose new names for DC’s professional football team. 

Whatever happens in court, VCU Business Professor Kelly O’Keefe says Washington has got to come up with a new name, because native Americans are not the only ones who think calling a team by skin color is offensive.

During the last election in Virginia, fewer than eight percent of eligible voters showed up to cast a ballot, perhaps because only 18 districts had contested primaries. In most places, lawmakers ran unopposed.  Critics say that’s because the legislature drew boundaries to ensure that incumbents could keep their seats, so citizens figure there’s no point in voting.  Now, however, there are signs that situation could change.

Angela Lynn is a former teacher and FEMA employee. 

“I’m Angela Lynn, and I’m running for the House of Delegates.”