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. 

During the last election in Virginia, fewer than eight percent of eligible voters showed up to cast a ballot, perhaps because only 18 districts had contested primaries. In most places, lawmakers ran unopposed.  Critics say that’s because the legislature drew boundaries to ensure that incumbents could keep their seats, so citizens figure there’s no point in voting.  Now, however, there are signs that situation could change.

Angela Lynn is a former teacher and FEMA employee. 

“I’m Angela Lynn, and I’m running for the House of Delegates.”

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding massive open online courses at the college level -classes taught online, but the state of Virginia is moving full-speed ahead with an online program for high school students. 

Sweet Briar Saved

Jun 22, 2015

Sweet Briar College is back in business - at least for the coming academic year.  Virginia’s attorney general brokered a deal that will bring a new board of directors and president to the Amherst campus. 

The University of Virginia has taken another step in its quest to raise awareness of what enslaved people contributed to UVA during its early years.

 

At a special ceremony, the school named a new dormitory for Isabella and William Gibbons, a married couple who lived and worked on campus before the Civil War.  Dr. Marcus Martin is co-chair of UVA’s commission on slavery.

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  The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered each state to cut back on emissions of carbon dioxide by 2030, and a new report shows Virginia will be nearly half-way there by 2020. 

The state has agreed to cut its rate of CO2 pollution by 38-percent, and at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Senior Energy Analyst Jeremy Richardson says the key is scaling back on coal.

“Virginia expects to retire 14 coal-fired generating units between 2012 and 2020, and that represents about 19% of the state’s coal fired generation.”  

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