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. 


Now that the U.S. is back in the Paris Climate Accord, the University of Virginia wants to jump start America’s role in addressing the global emergency. 

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The COVID crisis led many universities to move classes online, but at one state school in Virginia the choice was to move outside. 

One journalism professor is now pledging to keep his students away from the classroom even after the pandemic has passed.


For many children, COVID has meant educational setbacks as they struggled to absorb lessons online, but for others the pandemic has underscored the value of learning outside.  At a school near Charlottesville,  students spent 90% of their time in fields, forests and tents.


Medical doctors like Anthony Fauci have kept the public informed about the pandemic, but a new group of scientists is stepping up to help Americans understand COVID vaccines.  Two experts from Virginia will host a virtual vaccine town hall next week.


Even as Americans are lining up for highly effective COVID vaccine, scientists at the University of Virginia are working on a new approach to protecting the public. Their new vaccine could be better for three big reasons.