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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Triple Crown
4:42 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

American Pharoah: Great, Great, Great Grandson of Secretariat

This weekend is a big one for horse-racing, with American Pharoah going for the Triple-Crown.  Here in Virginia, the horse has some special fans – people who know where he came from and hope he’ll bring new honor to the state. 

It’s been more than forty years since Secretariat stunned the racing world with a spectacular win at Belmont.

“He is moving like a tremendous machine.  Secretariat by 12.  Secretariat by 13 lengths on the turn.”

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RVA Opt Out
2:35 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Richmond Parents Protest SOL Tests

This week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill allowing elementary and middle school kids to re-take Standards of Learning tests if they score a few points below what’s needed to pass.  McAuliffe has already signed legislation to eliminate five of the tests kids might have taken during their years in public school, and he says he’d like to cut more of them, while getting creativity back into the classroom.

Meanwhile, parents in Richmond have begun a protest of their own - asking that their kids be excused from SOL tests. 

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Health & Medicine
5:35 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Med Student Saves a Life: His Own

Cullen Timmons

It’s not uncommon for medical students to think they have some of the very diseases they’re studying, but for one recent graduate of UVA’s med school, a classroom exercise led to life-saving surgery. 

In his fourth year of medical school,  Cullen Timmons took a course on physical diagnosis in which students took turns using their stethoscope.  He also listened to his own heart and quickly turned to his professor for a second opinion. 

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Law & Crime
10:15 am
Tue June 2, 2015

VA Supreme Court Rules on Suppressed Evidence

Virginia’s Supreme Court has handed down a ruling that could help people wrongfully convicted of crimes.

Early one morning in 1999, a group of young men robbed a diner in Norfolk, and lawyer Jim Neale says that crime led to murder.

“An off-duty federal police officer was a customer in that diner during that robbery, and she attempted to intervene, and a gunman, a masked gunman shot and killed her.”

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Female Farmers
4:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Mastering Chain Saws and Tractors: The Woman-Powered Farm

Audrey Levatino

One third of America’s farmers are now over 65 years of age, creating an opportunity for younger people to enter the field, and some of the newcomers will - no doubt - be women.  Already, 14% of U.S. farmers are female, among them a Gordonsville resident who has written a book designed to help others master the skills needed to work the land. 

When Audrey Levatino decided to grow cut flowers for Charlottesville’s farmers market, herbs and specialty crops for local chefs, she wasn’t sure what she was getting into.  One friend warned it was something like becoming a mother.

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