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. 

Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety is suspending a controversial prison policy before it takes effect.  Officials had planned to ban women visiting prisons from using tampons, because they claimed those sanitary products could be used to smuggle-in contraband. 

Two years ago the United States agreed to resettle 110,000 refugees from parts of the world in crisis.  Now, the Trump Administration wants to cut that number to 30,000 prompting protests from agencies around the country. 

On average, Americans spend 100 hours a year in their cars and some people do their dining behind the wheel.  Add to that the rising cost of real estate in Central Virginia, and it’s easy to see why some restauranteurs are now offering gourmet fare and quality comfort food at gas stations.

Huffstetler for Congress

Military veterans have, in recent times, tended to vote Republican, but a Charlottesville man is hoping to change that – launching a campaign called Mission First. 

Here in Virginia economic development usually means building something and using up resources, but in Bath County a different approach is in play.   One family has found a way to make money by saving the land and water around them.