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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Big Meadows Unique Eco-System
1:43 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Fire Officials Plan Controlled Burns

As firefighters battle huge blazes in the west, officials at our nearest national park are preparing to set fire to one of the most beautiful parts of the Shenandoah – the Big Meadows, an ecosystem found nowhere else in the world.  

There was a time in history when Smokey Bear was the second most recognized character in America – behind Santa Claus.

But after thirty years of public service announcements and heroic efforts by park rangers and firefighters, science persuaded the National Park Service that setting small, regular fires could be a good thing.  

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Building the Ixtatan Foundation
4:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The "New Life" Vacation

Credit Ixtatan Foundation

For most people, vacation is a time to relax and recharge the batteries before heading back to daily life, but for one woman in Charlottesville, vacation turned into a whole new life.  

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Economics & Economy
5:28 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Some Dismiss Governor's Budget Boast

The governor’s speech was not well received in certain circles.  Some democrats and economists say McDonnell  should not claim credit for low unemployment or another budget surplus.

Under his leadership, the governor says Virginia has created more than 172,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate is just 5.5% -- the lowest in the Southeast.  UVA economist Terry Rephan says Virginia does better than other states when it comes to employment, regardless of who is governor.

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Environment
1:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Watching for Whimbrels

Scientists on the Eastern Shore are watching the skies for shore birds now winging their way to South America.  Thanks to satellites and transmitters, it’s possible to track their travels, and as experts learn more about the birds’ migration, they hope to better protect species in decline.

On a windy night last spring, a group of scientists sat on a dock in Machipongo on Virginia’s Eastern Shore –peering through binoculars, sipping wine and watching for whimbrels. 

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Message to Gubernatorial Candidates
4:03 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Surveys Voters

Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has released the results of a poll showing strong support for clean-up efforts and little desire for delay. 

With the governor’s race in full swing, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation decided to survey likely Virginia voters – to see what they want from candidates.  Pollsters found more than 90 percent support the Commonwealth’s plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

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