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.

Businesses on Second Street say the lengthy street closure for the Violet Crown construction keeps customers away.
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Double crossed: Businesses bemoan Second Street closure

For lovers of independent movies and vino, the construction of the Violet Crown Cinema and wine bar in the former Regal theater space on the Downtown Mall is a sign of good things to come, but for nearby small businesses along the mall and the Second Street crossing, the ongoing street closure and noise brought […]

Legal Aid attorney Palma Pustilnik and Sexual Assault Advocacy Fund founder Lisa Richey. Staff Photo

Legal Aid, Sexual Assault Advocacy Fund team up to support UVA victims

As University of Virginia grad Lisa Richey read the now retracted Rolling Stone article on sexual assault at UVA last November, she felt compelled to do something to make a difference. On an impulse just hours after the story’s publication, she launched an online fundraiser with the general but somewhat undefined goal of providing independent legal counsel to victims […]

The fight to save Sweet Briar College in Amherst heads to the Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday, June 4. Photo by Norm Shafer

Sweet Briar President Jones will skip graduation

In the midst of legal turmoil over the future of Sweet Briar College, and two days after a professor penned an open letter urging him to skip the commencement ceremony on Saturday May 16, President James F. Jones has agreed to stay away. “In the last twenty-four hours, it has come to my attention that there […]

The fight to save Sweet Briar College in Amherst heads to the Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday, June 4. Photo by Norm Shafer

Prof to Sweet Briar Prez: Stay away on graduation day

When the Sweet Briar College class of 2015 walks the stage at commencement on Saturday, May 16, hundreds of their family members, professors and friends will be present to see what may well be the school’s last graduation ceremony. Sweet Briar Professor Marcia Thom-Kaley is urging one person to stay away. “Your presence at graduation […]

Six people are charged under the federal racketeering statute in connection to a slew of allegedly gang related crimes, including the abduction and murder of Kevin Quick (pictured). Photo courtesy Waynesboro Police

Gang charges: Accused killers of Kevin Quick go on trial

Fifteen months after Waynesboro Police Reserve Captain Kevin Quick was allegedly abducted and killed in a case that put a spotlight on the presence of gangs in Central Virginia, six people will stand trial on racketeering, murder and other charges in U.S. District Court. The sprawling legal proceeding, which began with jury selection on Monday, […]

“What happened to Alexis is so tragic, and there are still other families going through that,” said Trina Murphy, above, embracing Gil Harrington in Lynchburg in December 2013. “I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.” Staff photo

Alexis Murphy’s aunt finds inspiration in new career

The death of any loved one can be staggering, but when someone simply vanishes, it can be even more difficult, said Trina Murphy, the great aunt of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy who disappeared in 2013 and who is presumed dead, although her body has never been found. After spending the past 18 months seeking […]

A video taken by Fall Line film collective member Kai Irving shows a Charlottesville police officer pulling a woman from the crowd during a March 18 protest over the arrest of UVA student Martese Johnson.

Video footage of March 18 Martese Johnson protest

“It really surprised me a lot, anything like this happening in Charlottesville,” said 17-year-old Greg Nachmanovitch, who documented the Wednesday, March 18, protest over the arrest of UVA student Martese Johnson by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents. Also filming the protest, organized by UVA’s Black Student Alliance, were Will Jones, 17, and recent VCU film […]

Members of Sweet Briar’s freshman class including Kat Perry, front center, and Jules Sudol, rear center, are devastated by the decision to close their school. Photo courtesy Kat Perry

Alumnae fight back over planned closure of Sweet Briar College

A week after Sweet Briar’s board of directors announced plans to close the 114-year-old women’s college in Amherst, shock and grief among students, faculty and alumnae has given way to anger, defiance and questions about the basis for the decision. “I just think it was handled so badly,” said Sweet Briar biology professor Lincoln Brower, one […]

"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 […]