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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Culinary Challenges
4:42 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Following Food Fashions

Pine smoked local mushrooms with bourbon and herbs over rosemary grits at Pasture, Charlottesville.

With cooler weather here, many people look forward to new fashions – designs that often come from Paris, New York or Rome.  But fashions are also changing in the kitchens of Virginia, with new dishes and ingredients popping up on menus.

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Case of Missing UVA Grad Student
4:20 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Pat Collins: Mystery Solved

Pat Collins/Family Photo

There are about 40,000 missing people in this country, and for 27 years UVA graduate student Pat Collins was one of them. 

Some felt sure he was kidnapped or murdered, but campus police disagreed.  Two Charlottesville writers appear to have solved the mystery.

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Officials Now Say 11 In Vehicle
4:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

W&L Students Involved in Fatal Early Morning Crash

State Police continue their investigation of a crash that claimed the life of one Washington and Lee University student and injured seven others. 

Three remain in the hospital, and the university held a vigil Tuesday evening.

The tragedy occurred on a rural road outside Lexington.

“Around 1:30 this morning, on Turkey Hill Road, which is in Rockbridge County, a 2006 Tahoe was traveling southbound when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned," said Sgt. Robert Carpentieri.

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Risk of Corruption Theories
2:04 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Campaign Finance Disclosure

The Supreme Court is now weighing a case that could put an end to limits on individual campaign contributions. 

Backers of the idea argue that as long as the donation is disclosed, the risk of corruption is minimal, but another view has emerged from the University of Virginia Law School.

By law, individuals can give no more than $48,600 per election cycle to federal candidates, but businessman Shawn McKutcheon objects.  He says it’s his First Amendment right to give as much as he wants to as many candidates as he likes. 

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First Thanksgiving
9:33 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The REAL Feast

Executive Chef J. Young prepares a historically accurate Thanksgiving meal.
Credit Washington & Lee University

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to consider what the Pilgrims really ate. 

At Washington & Lee University, students got a taste of the original feast and found eel and beer were likely part of the meal, but turkey? Maybe not.

Before heading home for the holidays, anthropologist  Allison Bell invited her students to dine on what research shows the pilgrims actually ate.  

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