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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Genetic Testing
5:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

At High Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled companies cannot patent human genes, it may be cheaper to have a genetic test that identifies women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, but the test is not appropriate for most women and might provide a false sense of security. 

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Rust-colored Sandpipers
6:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Red Knots: A Bird Species on the Decline

Credit Photo Copyright Bill Dalton

Millions of birds passed through Virginia this spring, and the National Wildlife Federation says many are in trouble, in part because of climate change.  A warming planet is drying up wetlands, causing more storms and producing less food.  Sandy Hausman traveled to the Eastern Shore to report on one species -- the rust- colored sandpipers known as red knots.  Each year, they fly about 10,000 miles – from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic – stopping in Virginia to refuel.  

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Diabetes and Vision
3:38 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Preventing Blindess

More than 25 million Americans have diabetes, putting them at risk for eye damage that can lead to blindness. 

Often, problems occur before the disease is diagnosed, but doctors at the University of Virginia have made an exciting discovery that could protect or even restore vision.

Dr. Paul Yates is frustrated.  As a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Virginia, he often sees people with diabetes who are going blind.  They didn’t come to him early enough to prevent problems, because sight is lost at the periphery, and central vision remains.

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A Cell with a View
8:50 am
Fri June 14, 2013

A Photographer's Project: The View Outside from the Inside

The Bridge: Some Other Places We've Missed
Credit Mark Strandquist

More than 33,000 people live behind bars in Virginia, and from their cells few have a view of the outside world, but a Richmond artist aims to change that.

If you were locked up for months, years or a lifetime and could look out a window, what would you most like to see?  That’s the question Mark Strandquist has put to inmates in Virginia jails and prisons.

“And then I go to that place, photograph it and bring the image to them, and then they write about it.”

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

In Memory of a Civil Rights Activist

One of the nation’s most controversial artists has announced a surprising new work. It's a  living tribute to W.E.B. Dubois. Carrie Mae Weems is a photographer who has reached back in history to honor millions of people who never got their due – women, people of color, and now the early civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois. 

On the 50th anniversary of his death, she began thinking about her favorite flower – and an unusual way to preserve the memory of Dubois.

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