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 was owned by Better Publications LLC[2].

In 2011, The Hook merged with rival publication C-ville Weekly.[3] The weekly ceased publication after its September 26, 2013 issue. [4] The archives suddenly disappeared the Internet after they were sold to a third-party who then deleted the website. After news coverage in the Washington Post, an anonymous group restored the website using a .net address.


Spencer founded The Hook after he was removed from the editor's post at the C-VILLE Weekly[5]. 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." [6]

In June 2022, the digital archives of The Hook were removed from the internet. The removal followed the presumed sale of the paper in late 2021 or early 2022.[7]


Digital access to issues of The Hook are also available through the Internet Archive Wayback Machine at

Print issues of The Hook are in the Special Collections library at the University of Virginia.[8]

Community promotions

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



  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. A newspaper vanished from the internet. Did someone pay to kill it?
  4. Web. Breaking: The Hook to End Publication, Charlottesville Newsplex, September 6, 2013, retrieved September 6, 2013.
  5. Web. Ousted C'Ville Editor Starting New Weekly, Seth Wharton, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Jan 28 2002, retrieved 3 Nov 2009..
  6. Web. CBJ: Top local business stories of 2013, Nate Deseline III, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 29, 2013, retrieved December 30, 2013.

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