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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The Thoughtful Coal Miner
8:09 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Former Coal Miner Preaches the Gospel of Green Energy

The Mullins Family

  Summer was, historically, a time for itinerant preachers to travel the country, saving souls at tent revivals. Today, a not-for-profit called Appalachian Voices is following that tradition, putting a fourth generation coal miner on the road to preach the gospel of green energy. Here's a look at Nick Mullins’ crusade.   

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Saving Our Planet
7:33 am
Thu June 19, 2014

VA Environmental Stewards Rewarded for Their Efforts

Employees from 77 Virginia businesses will stroll down the green carpet outside Charlottesville’sParamount Theater Thursday night, to accept awards from the Better Business Challenge. A look at the competition and what it’s achieved.  

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Is Immigration Reform Dead?
7:52 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Senator Tim Kaine on the Immigration Issue Following Cantor Ousting

Credit watchdog.org

When Congressman Eric Cantor lost his primary fight against a candidate who opposes  immigration reform, many pundits pronounced the issue dead, but one Virginia politician strongly disagrees.   

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Iraq in Turmoil
7:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Kaine Shares His Thoughts on Iraq Situation

As the civil war widens in Iraq, there’s growing debate about what the United States should do.  A strong ally of the president, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says military action is unlikely.  

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Law & Crime
7:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Confession Tactics For Juveniles Should Be Examined

Police routinely use certain techniques to get confessions from suspects, but a new study from the University of Virginia suggests those tactics should not be used with juveniles.  Because their brains are not fully developed, social scientists say they will respond differently than adults and confess to crimes they didn’t commit. 

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