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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Reforming K-12
3:13 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

New Study on Education Spending

The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank that promotes free markets, is out with a study suggesting increased spending for education makes no difference in students’ achievement, but critics dismiss that conclusion.

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Governor Praises Mercury Paper
4:28 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Environmentalists Keep an Eye on Virginia Company

Two years ago, the World Wildlife Fund issued a surprising plea -- urging consumers to take care when buying toilet paper. 

The organization claimed a company called Asia Pulp and Paper was destroying rainforest to make pulp for cheap bathroom tissue manufactured here in Virginia by a subsidiary called Mercury Paper. 

Since then, APP has promised not to cut down rainforest trees, and last week Governor Terry McAuliffe showed up to praise the firm, but environmentalists are skeptical.

 

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A Weekend for Nature Lovers
1:27 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Celebrating Woodlands

Credit Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

There’s a big weekend ahead for those who love trees, with a Historic Tree symposium in Charlottesville, a lecture in Blacksburg, and an Old Growth Forest walk at Montpelier.

James Madison’s family thought nothing of clearing the woods around their plantation in 1723.  In fact, most Americans viewed trees as an impediment to farming, but a convenient source of building materials and food.  Later in life, Madison would come to regret that view.  Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich reads what he had to say on the subject.

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University of Virginia
10:15 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The Innocence Project

Brian Banks is a former NFL linebacker whose career was derailed by a wrongful conviction for rape.  After he spent five years in prison, the woman who accused him admitted she had lied. 

Now, Banks is coming to Virginia to help the Innocence Project – an organization that helps inmates prove they are not criminals.

No one knows how many people are wrongly convicted each year in Virginia, but Matthew Engle gets many requests for help from people who insist they are innocent.

“It’s not unusual for us to get 20-25 new requests for help a week.”   

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Spirit Wear Sells
4:01 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Winning Season Means Big Bucks for Vendor

Mark Mincer & Merchandise

When the final buzzer sounded on Sunday, University of Virginia fans had cause to celebrate, but for Mark Mincer, the victory over Duke meant lots of work ahead. 

The president of a store founded by his grandfather in 1948, Mincer called in family members to prepare for crowds.

Lines formed at Mincer’s on the Corner this week as fans like former UVA administrator George Thompson showed their pride with a purchase.

“I got two really neat T-shirts here.  Love UVA.  Love UVA basketball.  Love Joe Harris.  So this is your year!  This is our year, and we’re excited.”

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