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Jeff Gilbert

jeffgilbert Jeff Gilbert Automotive reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBS Radio News…

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.

(credit: Jeff Glibert/WWJ)

Ford Celebrates As Mustang Turns 50

Ford held celebrations in a number of locations, including Las Vegas, Melbourne, Beijing and at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/17/2014

Lincoln China Dealership (Ford photo)

Lincoln Looks For Gold In China

Brand unveils high end dealerships in the world’s largest car market.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/17/2014

GM CEO Mary Barra (GM photo)

GM CEO Announces New Team Dedicated To Safety

“Global Product Integrity” organization, will be a part of GM Product Development.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/15/2014

2015 Dodge Charger "teaser" (Chrysler photo)

Dodge Offers Unique Muscle Car Lease

Lease a 2014 Challenger or Charger for one year, then shift into an all new 2015 model, for the same payment.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/14/2014

The world headquarters of General Motors in Detroit (Photo credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

GM Expands Recall—Suspends Two Workers

GM also says it will take $1.3 billion first quarter charge to pay recall related costs.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2014

Assembly line workers assemble Chevy Volt electric vehicles and Opel Amperas at the General Motors Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant October 11, 2011 (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

GM Makes ‘Single Largest’ Investment In Detroit-Hamtramck Plant For Next Gen Chevy Volt

Johnson wouldn’t confirm earlier reports that this investment would mean 1,400 new jobs, and a second shift at Detroit-Hamtramk.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

Mazda Crash Test (IIHS Photo)

GM Utilities Top Tough New Crash Test–Most Others Fail

Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain top field of nine mid-size SUV’s

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

(Getty Images)

Auto Sales Deep Freeze Starts To Thaw

Chrysler sales jump 13 percent. Industry sales expected to rise around three percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014

GM CEO Mary Barra (GM photo)

GM CEO Says Recalled Vehicles Are Safe

Mary Barra says she’s been assured by GM engineers that, without extra keys on the key chain, the vehicles don’t pose a safety hazard.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/26/2014

Sterling Heights Assembly (Chrysler photo)

Chrysler Sterling Heights Plant Celebrates Future With New Chrysler 200

Plant that had been on closing list, gets billion dollar investment, important new product.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/14/2014

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