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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Part 5 in a Series
1:41 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Why a Convicted Killer Could Be Paroled

Soering Supporters Protest in Berlin

When former Governor Tim Kaine approved the transfer of a German national from the Buckingham Correctional Center to his homeland four years ago, his political opponents were furious, and as soon as he took office, Governor Bob McDonnell blocked the deal. 

The prisoner was Jens Soering, a University of Virginia honors student, convicted in the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s parents when he was 18.  During the current campaign for governor neither candidate has mentioned Soering, the prisoner’s future could depend on who is elected.

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Part 4 in a Series
12:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jens Soering: Politics & Diplomacy Could Set Him Free

The Virginia Parole Board has, again, refused to release Jens Soering, a former honors student from the University of Virginia, convicted of killing his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom’s parents with a knife. 

She is also behind bars as an accomplice to the gruesome crime.  Both have been model prisoners, and both are eligible for parole or a pardon from the governor. 

Pressure from Soering’s homeland, Germany, is building, and some prominent people here in Virginia question his guilt.

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Environment
5:33 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Environmental Group Says New Road Will Destroy Wetlands

Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out  valuable wetlands. 

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Heavy Hitters on the Campaign Trail
2:52 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Get Out the Vote

In an off-year election, when there are no presidential candidates, voter turnout is usually low. 

Polls may give the race to one candidate, but victory could go to another if he or she can get supporters to actually show up and cast a ballot. 

That’s why both Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe are campaigning this week with their party’s biggest stars. 

“It is my pleasure to introduce to you a great governor, a great leader, a man in the tradition of Ronald Reagan – Governor Bobby Jindal.”

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Documentary from Scotland
6:57 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

"You've Been Trumped"

The company headed by Donald Trump is pressing ahead with plans for a golf course in Central Virginia, despite strong objections from environmentalists.  Next week, they hope to mobilize the public with a movie about the golf course trump built in Scotland.

Richard Finney made an award-winning documentary about Donald Trump’s decision to build a golf course on environmentally sensitive land in northern Scotland.

“Essentially it’s untouched coastal dunes land, and there’s very little of that left in Great Britain, so it  essentially was a kind of wilderness area.”

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