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. 

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Many were injured when white supremacists sparked violence in Charlottesville last summer, but they were not the only victims. 

Some merchants on the downtown mall have warned city council that shops and restaurants could be going out of business as a result. 

Clowns Without Borders

You’ve probably heard of Doctors Without Borders – an international group the provides medical care in places where war, epidemics and natural disasters have overwhelmed local physicians.  Modeling itself on that concept, a group of clowns formed 25 years ago, vowing to bring laughter to the people who need it most.  


Virginians are protesting today’s announcement from the Trump administration allowing offshore drilling for oil and gas along the East Coast of this state, the Carolinas and Georgia.  Many different groups have joined in opposition.


Despite the rising cost of tuition, more students have enrolled in Virginia colleges and universities than ever before and they’re majoring in some surprising subjects. 

Jeff Burger and Misa Hopkins

The events in Charlottesville last summer are now part of history, but a local couple is doing something they hope will prevent future fights.  They’ve launched – a multi-media effort called the Beliefs Project to help people understand and talk with those who have different views.