The Hook

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The Hook was a free weekly newspaper distributed on Thursdays that covered Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Hawes Spencer was the founder and editor from February 2002 to January 2013. [1] The publication is owned by Better Publications LLC[2]. The weekly ceased publication after its September 26, 2013 issue. [3]


Spencer founded The Hook after he was removed from the editor's post at the C-VILLE Weekly[4]. The first issue was published on February 7, 2002.

Blair Kelly, a partner with Better Publications, attributed the closure is related to "business and editorial perspectives." [5]

Community promotions

In 2009, the Hook sponsored the first Charlottesville Restaurant Week[citation needed].


  • Courteney Stuart, Editor (in this position since 2013)
  • Lisa Provence
  • Dave McNair

Previous Personnel


  1. Web. Hawes Spencer, founder and editor of The Hook, announces his plans to move on, Laura Ingles, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, 19 Dec 2012, retrieved 27 April 2013.
  2. Web. "The Hook - FAQ Page.", official site, The Hook, retrieved 17 June 2009.
  3. Web. Breaking: The Hook to End Publication, Charlottesville Newsplex, September 6, 2013, retrieved September 6, 2013.
  4. Web. Ousted C'Ville Editor Starting New Weekly, Seth Wharton, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Jan 28 2002, retrieved 3 Nov 2009..
  5. Web. CBJ: Top local business stories of 2013, Nate Deseline III, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 29, 2013, retrieved December 30, 2013.

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