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.

The head of the Department of Environmental Quality was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, a strong supporter of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Under the Clean Water Act, DEQ could block construction of the pipeline if it felt the quality of our water would be damaged, but as Sandy Hausman reports, the agency may not have the will to do that.

Creative Commons

Plans to build two large pipelines through some of Virginia’s scenic farmland and forests have raised serious environmental concerns.  Builders say the work can be done with minimal damage to the land and water, but critics say that’s impossible.  In part one of a five-part series, Sandy Hausman looks at the main environmental concern – water.

Dominion Energy

The University of Virginia was not the first campus in the Commonwealth to go solar, betting on the sun for much of the power it needs.


Plenty of shows and movies were shot in Washington, D.C., but these days filmmakers complain it’s way too much trouble. For one thing, security is tight near any famous federal buildings or monuments, and for another, the city can’t come up with the cash incentives offered by many states.  That’s why Virginia is getting an Emmy-award winning show that’s all about the CIA. 

City of Charlottesville

Charlottesville is bracing for a Ku Klux Klan rally tomorrow. The KKK permit was for one hundred participants, but with spectators, police say as many as 800 people could be in Justice Park.