Editor’s Note: This is part one in a four part series.
Spencer, a prolific award-winning journalist and the former co-owner and publisher of The Hook newspaper, has recently authored a book called “Summer Of Hate,” which is an unbiased account of August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va.
Spencer, who also covered A12 for The New York Times, sat down with me to discuss his new book and a multitude of other Charlottesville, Va news stories.
At the 2-minute, 16-second marker, Spencer explains why he “almost said no to the project because people hold very close to their hearts their view of what Charlottesville means, and I didn’t think there was any chance that I was going to please everyone. But that’s the nature of journalism, you’re not going to please everyone.”
Spencer also discusses how local filmmakers Jackson Landers and Brian Wimer and their movie “Charlottesville: Our Streets” influenced his “process” of writing the book.
“I was aware of the criticism that they encountered [when making their film],” Spencer said. “Consequently, I told no one other than a few close friends that I was working on the book.”
In the end, Spencer understood the magnitude and importance of this project.
“I was convinced that this was important world history that I was honored to be asked to record, so I did.”
You can purchase Spencer’s book by clicking this link: “Summer Of Hate”
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