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. 

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This was the year when state lawmakers approved some major changes including legalization of marijuana and ending the death penalty.  In other areas, however, reformers were disappointed. 

Charlottesville Police

The Charlottesville Police Department has fired two white officers after two separate incidents in which they were accused of using excessive force against black men.  The city released video of one incident today, and the chief of police issued an apology. 

Tasha Tolliver

The loss of a child brings terrible grief for parents, but it can also spur important actions that could benefit the rest of us.  This next story involves a Richmond family whose teenaged daughter died of a disease they’d never heard of.  Today, they’re crusading to educate doctors and the public.

University of Mary Washington

A brewery in Fredericksburg will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a special way – one that gives a nod to our southern neighbors.  Sandy Hausman reports on the spicy brew they have to offer.


The University of Virginia has won a $3.4 million grant to study pain.  The goal is to predict when it will become a problem, and to treat it before this difficult part of illness takes a toll on quality of life for patients and caregivers.