The DTM has been providing curated local news, independent reporting, and commentary from Charlottesville, Virginia since 2012.

Good stuff from what seems to be the best news source in Charlottesville.” — Rick Tetzeli, executive editor, Fast Company Magazine.

What the DTM brings to local news—besides McNair’s institutional knowledge—is a zestier writing style than more established media.” - C-Ville Weekly

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Who is The DTM?

DTM editor David McNair was a staff writer for The Hook.

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

Why is it called The DTM? The DTM was originally started as a blog about Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. For years, people had been using "DTM" as a local shorthand in comments about the Mall online. So, the name stuck.

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