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. 

David Toscano

The outcome of a House of Delegates race which has been declared a tie now rests on the board of elections drawing one name from a hat.  If the Democrat, Shelly Simonds, is declared the winner, there will be 50 delegates from each major party, and the top Democrat in that chamber is making plans.

Students at the University of Virginia are off this week for the holidays, but a controversy is brewing on campus.  A non-profit group called Young Americans for Freedom wants to establish a chapter at UVA to promote conservative ideas, but the university has not agreed.


It’s been three years since Rolling Stone published its now discredited story called A Rape on Campus.  What followed was a good deal of soul searching and discussion at the University of Virginia, and a new survey suggests that may have had a positive impact. 

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Charlottesville's police chief announced his retirement Monday and put it into effect immediately.

Al Thomas had been chief since April 2016.  He was heavily criticized in a city-commissioned review of the August 11th and 12th, 2017 white supremacist violence in the city.

Elizabeth Alvarez

This month, Elizabeth Alvarez, a nurse from Charlottesville, continues her one woman campaign to help Puerto Rico.