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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Virginia has about 30,000 people in state prisons, and 15-30% of them could be infected with a deadly disease usually contracted when intravenous drug users share needles.  Treatment costs thousands of dollars, so the state doesn’t provide it to everyone who’s infected.  Now, however, one inmate is suing for the life-saving cure as Sandy Hausman reports.

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At this time of year, many homeowners are planning gardens. In Charlottesville more than two dozen people are going big – raising money and dreaming of a botanical garden that will cover more than 8 acres near the downtown mall.  Sandy Hausman has details.

University of Virginia

Rivers connect the cities of Virginia, and it turns out they also connect this state to the world.  Sandy Hausman reports on a unique partnership between the University of Virginia and a city 7,500 miles away.

Charlottesville Opera

Middlemarch is considered one of the greatest English novels – an epic tale of life in a small, fictional town in the Midlands. Published as a series of eight overlapping stories, it has since been the basis for television programs, film and now an opera.  This week, Virginia hosts the east coast debut of Middlemarch in Spring.

Medicare, which covers medical services  for older Americans, spends nearly a third of its budget on people in their final year of life, and more than half of that money goes for people who die within two months.  The University of Virginia’s School of Nursing thinks part of the problem is our discomfort with death – an insistence that hospitals do everything possible to keep loved ones alive.  Sandy Hausman reports on what the school is doing to change public perceptions.

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