Courteney Stuart

Courteney Stuart
Courteney Stuart is an award-winning journalist with more than 17 years experience. She started her career in Richmond, Virginia in 1996 as assistant editor at both Style Weekly and its sister publication, Inside Business magazine, and spent 11 years at the Hook in Charlottesville, where she served first as senior editor and then as chief editor. She is the recipient of more than two dozen journalism awards from the Virginia Press Association, including multiple first place prizes for investigative reporting and feature writing. Her written work has appeared in publications including Las Vegas Weekly and Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she has appeared on numerous national television news programs including Dateline NBC, Primetime Crime, Nancy Grace, as well as on the Headline News, Investigation Discovery and E! News channels.

"I'm Not Racist... Am I?" screens at the Paramount on February 26. Publicity photo

Documentary screening aims to get people talking about race

How do you get teens to talk about race in a way that prompts action and meaningful change? That’s a central question posed in the 2013 documentary “I’m Not Racist…Am I?,” which follows 12 New York City teenagers from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds as they go through a series of workshops and conversations on […]

Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman said even years later, it can be valuable to report a sexual assault. Photo: Andrew Shurtleff.

Publicity prompts responses from other sexual assault victims

This story is part of our ongoing coverage in the wake of the Rolling Stone story on rape at UVA. There’s more: An in-depth look at the University’s sexual assault policy, a Q&A with Board of Visitors member Helen Dragas on her reaction to the story, responses from the Rolling Stone reporter and women she interviewed as well […]

Charlottesville-based attorney Jim Camblos appeared via video feed with Jesse L. Matthew Jr. in Fairfax Circuit Court on October 31. Photo courtesy Newsplex

Legal tangle: Who will represent accused Hannah Graham abductor?

A recent Virginia court appearance of accused Hannah Graham abductor Jesse L. Matthew Jr. is raising questions about who will represent him in what could be the most serious and complex set of prosecutions spanning multiple jurisdictions in recent memory. On Friday, October 31, Matthew appeared via video feed accompanied by his Charlottesville-based attorney Jim Camblos […]

Newsplex General Manager Jay Barton is temporarily acting as news director as the station reorganizes following layoffs. Photo: Courteney Stuart

Airing out: Increased fees lead to staff cuts at Newsplex

Seven people are out of work at the Newsplex television stations, according to the stations’ General Manager Jay Barton, who said the reduction in staff was prompted by an “exponential” increase in the affiliation agreements with the networks that provide the programming, and was achieved through layoffs and attrition. “The bottom line is the bottom […]

The forensic sketch at left was based on the account of the victim in a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. Jesse Matthew has pleaded not guilty in that case. Courtesy Fairfax Police/Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Accused Hannah Graham abductor indicted in Fairfax sexual assault

The man accused of abducting missing UVA student Hannah Graham and connected through forensic evidence to the 2009 disappearance and death of Morgan Harrington now faces charges stemming from a 2005 sexual assault in Northern Virginia. Jesse “LJ” Matthew, 32, has been indicted on attempted capital murder, abduction, and sexual penetration with an object charges […]

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo and Albmarle Police Chief Steve Sellers spoke about the discovery of human remains at a press conference on October 18. Photo by Courteney Stuart

Remains found: Hannah Graham case becomes ongoing death investigation

One day after family members of several missing young women in Central Virginia marked the fifth anniversary of Morgan Harrington’s disappearance with a prayer that missing UVA student Hannah Graham would be found, police announced the discovery of remains that could be the 18-year-old on an abandoned property on Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County. […]

Emily Holter. Photo courtesy Charlottesville 29

Five Finds on Friday: Emily Holter

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Emily Holter, of Sweethaus, the Charlottesville cupcake cafe that is poised to open a second location in Brooklyn. Holter’s picks: 1)  Wings and Nachos on football Sundays at Wild Wing Cafe.  “Doesn’t get much better than throwing on a jersey and hunkering down for a […]

Hannah Graham's parents, Susan and John Graham, first publicly pleaded for assistance in locating their missing daughter at an afternoon press conference on Sunday, September 21. Photo: Max March

One month after Hannah Graham disappeared, parents issue another plea

Marking one month since their 18-year-old daughter Hannah Graham disappeared after last being seen on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, Susan and John Graham issued another statement on Monday expressing gratitude for the extensive search effort and pleading for anyone with information in the case to share what they know. “It is heart-breaking for us that the person or persons who know where Hannah is […]

Search effort, media coverage shrink in Hannah Graham case

Search effort, media coverage shrink in Hannah Graham case

Speaking to a small throng of about half a dozen reporters—one-tenth the number present at last week’s press events for missing UVA student Hannah Graham—Albemarle County Police Chief Steve Sellers said the search for Graham will continue at least through the end of this week in targeted areas and with smaller numbers of volunteers. For […]

Police Chief Tim Longo urged the community to stay focused on the search for Hannah Graham. Photo: Facebook

After arrest, police double down on search for Hannah Graham

Although Jesse “L.J.” Matthew has been in police custody since his arrest on Wednesday on a beach in Galveston, Texas, he hasn’t given police any new information to help them locate the woman he’s accused of abducting, said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo at an afternoon press conference on Thursday. “He invoked his right to […]

Hannah Graham. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

Tempo restaurant releases statement on Hannah Graham

Statement by Brice Cunningham, owner of Tempo Restaurant concerning the investigation into the disappearance of Hannah Graham The Tempo Restaurant family joins the entire Charlottesville community as it continues its search to find Hannah Graham and return her to her family. As longtime members of  this unique city, we share the resolve to ensure that Charlottesville […]

One victim of a possible sexual assault was found along 15th Street near these railroad tracks. Photo: Max March

Weekend of violence: Wertland area rocked by alleged assaults in the days around Hannah Graham’s disappearance

More than a week after 18-year-old Hannah Graham disappeared in the early hours of Saturday, September 13, Charlottesville police are offering limited information on several alleged assaults that occurred near UVA Grounds. While the alleged assaults and Graham’s disappearance all occurred within the same 48-hour period, police say they are unrelated and in one case […]

Jesse Matthew posed for a photo with his cab for The Hook newspaper in September, 2007. Photo: Meg Miller

Hannah Graham case POI worked as cab driver

As police search for a person of interest in the Hannah Graham case after losing track of him on Saturday, September 20, details about his employment history are emerging. “On Saturday, we became aware that several years ago Jesse Matthew worked at Yellow Cab,” said Yellow Cab of Charlottesville owner Mark Brown, who told C-VILLE that […]