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.

Health & Medicine
2:37 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Healthy You Center Hopes to Create Healthy Community

New health center inside Kinney Drug Store
Credit Jennie May/WAER News

  A new kind of medical center opened today inside of a drugstore hoping to fill a growing gap in the health care system. It’s called Healthy You Wellness Center and it’s located inside Kinney Drugs on East Seneca Turnpike. 

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Health & Medicine
2:10 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Community Group Helps Smooth Some Bumps on the Road to ACA Medical Coverage

Community members learn about the Affordable Care Act at Bethany Baptist Church.
Credit Hannah Warren/WAER news

A community group turned the banquet room at the Bethany Baptist Church on Beattie Street into an information session on getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act over the weekend.

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African-American Panel Discussion
6:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Black History Month Is a Time for Learning

Cammie Nash, a seventh-grader at Ed Smith K-8 School in Syracuse, NY, asks district Superintendent Sharon Contreras a question about reaching success at the school's Black History Month panel on Friday, Jan. 7, 2014.
Credit Valerie Crowder, WAER News

Around 300 students packed the cafeteria at Syracuse’s Ed Smith K-8 School on Friday to hear two African-American public leaders share their paths to success.  

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
6:26 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Excitement Builds Over Planned Destiny USA Hotel

This parking lot across Hiawatha Boulevard is the proposed site the Destiny USA hotel. The plan is to connect the pedestrian walkway to the hotel.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse-area tourism officials say the proposed Destiny USA hotel is a great step for generating interest and economic growth in the area.   Destiny officials sent a letter to the county executive and mayor expressing their intentions to build a $75 million, 252-room hotel as part of their master plan.  Convention and Visitors Bureau President David Holder says Destiny as a destination appears to be coming to fruition, and there are still untapped markets.   He says the area is ready for another hotel.

 

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Mitch joined WUWM in February 2006 as the Executive Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

He brings over 20 years of broadcasting experience from radio stations across the country - in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Arizona. Prior to joining WUWM, Mitch served as News Director of KNAU - Arizona Public Radio, Executive Producer of the station's monthly news magazine program, and anchored and produced news programming.

He has won many awards including several regional awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and national awards from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Inc.

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
6:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Syracuse Considering Crackdown on Those Who Don't Shovel Their Sidewalks

An uncleared sidewalk on Ostrom Ave. outside the WAER studios.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

 Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall.  But that all depends on how Monday goes – when Syracuse Common Councilors vote on whether the city should impose a $100 fine for homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks.   Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation.  Dougherty knows the ordinance is controversial, but feels the city needs to start somewhere to get compliance.  Common councilor Kathleen Joy feels fines are the wrong approach.

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Entertainment
11:30 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 7

Birdland in New York City

This week, we venture down to midtown Manhattan to the place known as "The Jazz Corner Of The World." A jazz club that has hosted the best of the best since it opened in 1949.  Come join me as we explore the wonderful world of Birdland.

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SU Basketball
8:19 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Central New York Gets A Bounce In Its Step When Syracuse Basketball Plays Like This

SU vs Duke shown at the Palace Theatre
Credit Mark Bialczak

Forty-five minutes before game time, and the house appeared full.

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