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. 

Alyson Ball

In the 21st century, Americans are sharply divided over many things.  Some people are afraid of catching COVID and want nothing to do with their neighbors.  Others are distrustful of foreigners. 

But a couple near Charlottesville  determined to break down barriers through their garden.

University of Mary Washington

Virginia has sent 49 athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo – 19 from UVA, 11 from Virginia Tech, three from JMU and two from Liberty.  In mid-August, two men from the University of Mary Washington will compete in the Paralympics – swimming for gold with limited use of their legs. 


It’s been 25 years since two women were found dead at their Shenandoah National Park campsite.  Now, the FBI has put up posters, hoping to generate new leads, but the Innocence Project in Charlottesville has another idea.

Kay Taylor

In their first three years of employment, a recent study found half of all nurses leaving their jobs – often because they’re burned out.  It’s a difficult job, and hospitals are searching for ways to make the work less stressful. At the University of Virginia, three nurses came up with a way to help their colleagues relax, even for a few minutes during their busy days.


As western states brace for another season of devastating wildfires, Virginia’s foresters are rejoicing.  They’ve conducted controlled burns on more acres than ever before, making catastrophic blazes here less likely.  The preventive campaign got help from 40-pound drone that drops so-called dragon eggs on the forest floor.