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. 


A year ago, as the pandemic took hold, demand for electricity dropped, but now it’s coming back and will rise dramatically in the decade to come according to a new report from the University of Virginia. 

Wildlife Center of Virginia

When the pandemic hit, staff at the Wildlife Center of Virginia figured they were in for a quiet time.  In fact, the last year turned out to be the busiest ever, with more than 3,700 animals coming in for care. 


Thirty percent of Fortune 500 companies have announced plans to cut carbon emissions, and now small businesses in Virginia are getting on board.  The Community Climate Collaborative in Charlottesville announced formation of a Green Business Alliance with 16 founding members doing their part to slow global warming.

Christopher Williams

Sixty years ago this week, thirteen civil rights advocates set out from Washington, D.C. to desegregate interstate bus travel.  The Freedom Riders made their first stop in Fredericksburg.


This is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Virginia Commonwealth University says a number of its graduates deserve special thanks.  They serve in the state’s poorest schools – places where resources are limited and teacher-turnover is high.