I’m now celebrating more than twenty years at WWJ, and have the honor of being the only broadcast reporter in the U.S. assigned to exclusively cover the auto industry.
What more could any reporter ask for here in the “Motor City?” There’s been a lot of news to cover in the last few years. But, it’s even more exciting now, because I’m covering the re-birth of one of the nation’s most important industries.
I get to talk with people who make the industry run, and get to drive some really cool vehicles…including some of those concept cars that you see at the auto show each year. Of course, I’m at the North American International Auto Show every year…but I’ve also covered shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Frankfurt, Germany. My work is regularly heard on CBS Radio Network.
You can hear my reports on WWJ Newsradio 950 at any time. But, I also host “The Car Chronicles,” which runs every afternoon on WWJ. You may also hear my weekly “Car Chronicles” feature on CBS Radio Network affiliates around the country. I also write many of the auto industry related stories you see on this web site. And, I’m even starting to dabble in video.
I’ve covered a lot of stories in nearly four decades in broadcasting. Among them: The 1981 Reagan Inaguration and 1993 Clinton Inauguration, the 1992 and 2004 GOP Conventions, the first World Trade Center bombing and the 1987 plane crash at Detroit Metro Airport. I’ve even covered some big sports stories, including Super Bowl XL, and the 2004 Rose Bowl. I got to see history being made when I became–as far as I know– the only reporter to visit all three sites, in the 24 hours after the September 11, 2001 “Attack On America.”
I’ve also received more than my share of broadcasting awards. The number is well over a hundred, including: the National Headliner Award, the Ohio State University Award, The International Automotive Media “Moto” Award, and the Gold and Bronze Medals from the International Radio Festival of New York. I’ve also been honored sixteen times by the Michigan Associated Press Broadcasters as the top radio reporter in Detroit.
I’m also one of the fifty “jurors” who get to vote on the North Amercian Car and Truck of The Year Awards.
I’m married to Dr. Cheryl Kovalski, who is an Oncologist/Hematologist here in Metro Detroit. We live in Northville with our son Christopher, who was born in 1995.
I invite you to follow me on Twitter @jefferygilbert.
Chrysler displays several customized vehicles that it’s going to take to the SEMA Aftermarket show, including something unique called the “Hospitality Van.”
Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it’s a serious drag on profits.
Car dealers say it creates a “level playing field.” Tesla calls it a “raw deal.”
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert checks out Mercedes new small crossover, the GLK.
Finalists for North American Car and Truck of Year will be announced in December. Award winners will be announced to start auto show in January.
Jobs will be added at three plants to support production of new F-150 pickup.
Car companies show off new truck products in the largest truck market of them all.
GM and Chrysler sales increase 19 percent. Ford sales drop 3 percent.
Amid the fried foods, the mechanical bulls and a big statue called “Big Tex,” the Texas State Fair is big business for companies that build big trucks.
The car will be meant to compete with vehicles like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series, which can have sticker prices in the $100,000 range.