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. 


Doctors at Virginia Commonwealth University are doing a study that could save lives by changing the way people with opioid addiction are treated. 

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There’s some remarkable music coming out of Richmond this year, not from a commercial studio or a concert hall but from the city’s jail. The program is designed to spark redemption through music.

Sandy Hausman

The head of Virginia’s prison system will be asking the General Assembly for additional money this year to stop the spread of a deadly epidemic behind bars.  40-60% of inmates could be infected.

When it comes to eviction, Virginia is a busy place.   That’s the finding of scholars at Princeton who reviewed court records and found that of the nation’s ten big cities with the highest eviction rates, five are here, and of medium-sized cities where eviction is most common, three of the top five were in Virginia. 

Sandy Hausman

As hurricane season draws to a close, Virginians who live on the coast may be feeling relief, but for residents of Tangier Island the threat of being overwhelmed by wind and waves remains.  They could become the first climate change refugees in this country.  This fall, the state promised to spend $3 million on a sea wall to protect Tangier’s harbor, but locals want a wall to surround their shrinking island.