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. 

Focus Features

Last month, a movie about race, marriage and Virginia law premiered at the film festival in Charlottesville.  Sandy Hausman spoke with producer Colin Firth and director Jeff Nichols before crafting this behind-the-scene account of Loving.

Virginia is for lovers... of fruit. Last year farmers sold more than $63 million worth of apples, grapes, peaches and melons.  That makes us a magnet for hungry bugs and a major user of pesticides, but as Sandy Hausman reports, a team of college students may have a new method for preventing the problems those chemicals can cause.

BB or AirSoft Guns are popular holiday gifts for kids, but the CDC warns 30,000 people are injured each year by what some consider toys, and two police departments in Virginia are teaming up to prevent another problem – the risk that BB guns will be mistaken for deadly firearms. 

When Cats Attack

Nov 23, 2016
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A new study from the Wildlife Center of Virginia could change the way some people care for their pets.  The center’s director is now urging people to keep outdoor cats inside.

The Collection of Josh Meltzer

Between the end of the Civil War and the start of the Civil Rights Movement, African-Americans in the South lived under restrictive laws known as Jim Crow.  Journalist Beth Macy has written about that era as it shaped the lives of two black men who were taken from their home near Roanoke as kids and forced to work in the circus.