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. 

Less than a week before the anniversary of a white supremacist attack on Charlottesville, that community’s leaders are at war with each other – squabbling for more than an hour over the way the city’s mayor has been doing business. 

If white supremacists return to Charlottesville this weekend, they will find a very different city.  There are new rules in place, new leaders in charge, and an even larger group of vocal opponents.  Those changes would make for a different experience this year.

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The labor market in this country is tight right now, and the competition for young talent is especially keen at non-profits like the Nature Conservancy. 

That’s one reason the organization started a program to interest urban kids in conservation. 

It’s not unusual for people to lose some degree of hearing and vision as they age, and it turns out our sense of smell also declines over time. 

Accidents and disease might also be to blame when people have trouble detecting odors. 

Until now, there have been no good treatments, but scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University say they may have a solution. 

While thousands of refugees are heading back to their countries, with or without their kids, two Virginia sisters are desperately trying to keep their mother here. 

Trudy Munoz came to the U.S. legally from Peru but now faces the prospect of deportation because of a controversial medical diagnosis.