Since 2012, The DTM has been providing curated local news, independent reporting, and commentary from Charlottesville, Virginia. I named it after a local short hand for Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, a 9-block stretch of Main Street that was converted into a pedestrian mall in the 1970s [and one of the few still around], which always seems to be at the center of the cultural, social, and political life of the community.

Who is The DTM?

I was a staff writer for The Hook and later wrote for before returning to freelancing and running The DTM.

On a lighter note, I wrote about the local restaurant scene and development for several years, seniors issues for the Daily Progress, and even wrote some satirical news.

You can learn way more than you need to know here.

Reach out at or on twitter at @DSMcNair

Thanks for reading!

David McNair, editor

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