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. 

This week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill allowing elementary and middle school kids to re-take Standards of Learning tests if they score a few points below what’s needed to pass.  McAuliffe has already signed legislation to eliminate five of the tests kids might have taken during their years in public school, and he says he’d like to cut more of them, while getting creativity back into the classroom.

Meanwhile, parents in Richmond have begun a protest of their own - asking that their kids be excused from SOL tests. 

It’s not uncommon for medical students to think they have some of the very diseases they’re studying, but for one recent graduate of UVA’s med school, a classroom exercise led to life-saving surgery. 

In his fourth year of medical school,  Cullen Timmons took a course on physical diagnosis in which students took turns using their stethoscope.  He also listened to his own heart and quickly turned to his professor for a second opinion. 

Virginia’s Supreme Court has handed down a ruling that could help people wrongfully convicted of crimes.

Early one morning in 1999, a group of young men robbed a diner in Norfolk, and lawyer Jim Neale says that crime led to murder.

“An off-duty federal police officer was a customer in that diner during that robbery, and she attempted to intervene, and a gunman, a masked gunman shot and killed her.”

One third of America’s farmers are now over 65 years of age, creating an opportunity for younger people to enter the field, and some of the newcomers will - no doubt - be women.  Already, 14% of U.S. farmers are female, among them a Gordonsville resident who has written a book designed to help others master the skills needed to work the land. 

When Audrey Levatino decided to grow cut flowers for Charlottesville’s farmers market, herbs and specialty crops for local chefs, she wasn’t sure what she was getting into.  One friend warned it was something like becoming a mother.

Starting a restaurant is no small thing - especially in a foodie town like Richmond, but a local man has high hopes as he builds on his family tradition - mixing Asian and Southern ingredients and cooking techniques to create meals that sell for just $10.

 

It’s four o’clock, and 34-year-old Will Richardson is at work - pounding pork for dinner.  It’s hot in the kitchen -- noisy, and Richardson couldn’t be happier.  This is where he’s been heading since childhood, working in his grandparents Chinese restaurant in Richmond.

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