The International Reporting Project has chosen WVTF/RADIO IQ’s Sandy Hausman and 10 other senior news editors and producers from across the United States to take part in a two-week trip to Indonesia this spring.

During the visit, Hausman will report on a major food security initiative led by Virginia Tech. That project, centered primarily on the islands of Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi, will develop strategies for protecting high-value crops from damage by insects and disease. It is part of a larger effort, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, to raise the standard of living of people around the world through environmentally sound agricultural practices.

"Indonesia is a rising economic and political power in the world and is increasingly a model of how an autocratic state makes a peaceful transition to democracy," said John Schidlovsky, director of the International Reporting Project, which is based in Washington, D.C., at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. The Southeast Asian nation is the world's fourth most populous, and it's home to more Muslims than any other country.

"We are very proud of Sandy for being chosen to serve in this prestigious capacity and for the award-winning work she has done for us since taking over as our Charlottesville bureau chief," said WVTF/RADIO IQ Program Director Rick Mattioni.

Those selected for the trip, scheduled for May 6-20, are

  • Jayshree Bajoria, Asia editor, CFR.org, New York;
  • Anna Maria Barry-Jester, editor, ABC News;
  • Jeffery DelViscio, web producer, foreign desk, The New York Times;
  • Jack Epstein, foreign editor, San Francisco Chronicle;
  • Sandra Hausman, bureau chief and editor, WVTF/RADIO IQ, Virginia Public Radio;
  • Ethan Lindsey, producer, "Marketplace," Los Angeles;
  • Sasha Polakow-Suransky, senior editor, Foreign Affairs;
  • Daniel Sagalyn, deputy senior producer, "PBS Newshour;"
  • Emily Schultze, senior White House producer, CNN, Washington;
  • Benjamin Shaw, editor and producer, National Geographic Weekend; and
  • Vickie Walton-James, deputy national editor, National Public Radio.

The journalists will meet with many Indonesian leaders to explore issues in health, economy, development, environment, politics and security, religion, education, agriculture, and the media.

Glenn Gleixner, general manager at WVTF/RADIO IQ, provided this story.