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. 

David Gates

Two men who’ve been in state prisons since they were teenagers could soon be free thanks to the efforts of a church in Lexington and students at Washington and Lee's law school. The Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse and Defense Clinic identifies inmates who deserve a second chance, represents them in requests for parole, and then members of Grace Episcopal develop a “home plan."  Sandy Hausman has that story. 


Next year, the census bureau will release new numbers for the nation, documenting, among other things, the racial makeup of the United States.

But experts at the University of Virginia say there’s one big problem – the way the census counts multi-racial people. 

Christine Kueter - UVA

As Virginia prepares to vaccinate millions of people, hundreds of medical volunteers are stepping up to help.  Sandy Hausman spoke with one nurse who signed up for ten four-hour shifts and said she would be happy to do more.

Wildlife Center of Virginia

40 years ago, bald eagles were endangered in this country due to lost habitat, illegal shooting and contamination of their food.  Today, the national bird has made a comeback with more than 10,000 breeding pairs in the lower 48 states.

But here in Virginia, experts say one threat remains, and they’re hoping the problem can be fixed.


The holidays can be stressful, even in normal times, and mental health experts say the situation is much worse for many people during the pandemic.