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. 


Hurricane season comes as no surprise to Virginians.  We know when it’s coming, and we know what the consequences might be.  So how good are we at preparing?  A professor at the University of Virginia analyzed records from thousands of grocery stores and reached some surprising conclusions.

It’s wait and watch in Albemarle and neighboring counties today.  They may miss the worst of the storm but are not home free.  Flooding and power outages are possible through Wednesday of next week.

Residents of Charlottesville and neighboring counties are taking advantage of a special offer from local government – ten free sandbags.  Maribel Street is Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for Charlottesville, Albemarle and UVA

The Albemarle-Charlottesville Jail Board has delayed a controversial decision on whether to notify ICE when undocumented prisoners are about to be released.  The jail currently calls immigration, allowing the arrest and deportation of people who are sometimes innocent or guilty of minor offenses.  The board is unlikely to end that practice despite receiving a petition with over 2,000 signatures opposing it.


After decades of burning coal to make electricity, Dominion Energy is left with massive amounts of ash containing toxics compounds that can pollute water.  The company says it would be very expensive to move 25 million tons of the stuff from ponds along the James, Potomac and Elizabeth Rivers. 

Now, however, Dominion has discovered a big market for coal ash – one that could help to offset the costs of clean up.

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Hotels along evacuation routes from the east coast are likely to fill up quickly in advance of Hurricane Florence, and home-sharing service Airbnb now says it will provide free lodging for those who are displaced by the storm.