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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Palcohol Concoction
3:45 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Lawmakers Ban Powdered Alcohol Before it Hits Market

More than half of American adults drink less than once a week or not all, but 10% -- 24 million people – consume an average of 74 drinks a week.  An Arizona man hopes to make it easier for people to imbibe, but even before his product goes to market, Virginia has banned it. 

When entrepreneur Mark Phillips moved from Chicago to Phoenix, he caught the outdoor bug.

“In hiking especially or backpacking, at some point I’d like to enjoy an adult beverage, and so I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was some kind of powdered mix that you just add water to.”

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Education
8:52 am
Mon March 2, 2015

General Assembly Ends, Children of Undocumented Parents Still Have In-State Tuition

Flickr user Shal Farley
Credit Creative Commons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The 2015 legislative session in Virginia may be remembered for expanding access to medical marijuana and excusing Dominion Power from government oversight of its rates, but it could also be known for what didn’t happen. 

When President Obama announced that children raised in this country by undocumented parents could remain here legally, states had to decide whether to grant them in-state tuition.  Two lawmakers introduced bills to deny it, but Delegate Alfonso Lopez says neither was approved. 

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Arts and Education
9:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Virginia's Traveling African Art Exhibit

Credit Aldine S. Hartman Endowment Fund

When it comes to ethnicity, the largest group of people in Virginia—about 20% -- trace their ancestry back to Africa, but kids in our schools learn relatively little about African history, arts and culture.  Now, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer a lively supplement to the curriculum -- taking children on a virtual trip to Mali, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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General Assembly 2015
9:11 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Success in Virginia has Medical Marijuana Advocates Looking Forward

The mother of 3-year-old Lucy Rhodin hopes her seizures will stop.

There were tears and hugs at the state capitol Thursday, as Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill making it legal for Virginians to possess medical marijuana if their doctor believes it could be useful in treating epilepsy, cancer or glaucoma. But reformers are already lining up to fix problems with the law.

It was a thrilling moment for families of children who have epilepsy.  They had lobbied state lawmakers for months to give their kids access to medical marijuana, and the governor praised their persistence.

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Access, Cost, Quality
4:07 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Country Doctor Achieves the Triple Aim

Advocates of health care reform like to talk about something called the Triple Aim – the possibility of increasing access to medical care, lowering the cost and improving the quality. 

It’s a tall order, but one doctor in rural Virginia seems to have proven it’s possible. 

Dr. Rob Marsh loves what he does – especially when it involves four-month-old twins Savannah and Brentley Groah.

“She napping well during the day?  Some days she doesn’t, and some days she’s up all day long. Who’s the boss of the two?  She is?”

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