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.
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GM’s profit sharing checks are based on earnings of $12 billion in North America.
The figure is down just a tad from 2015’s record profit-sharing checks of $9,300.
A big year for Fiat Chrysler means bigger profit sharing checks for the rank and file.
WWJ AutoBeat reporter Jeff Gilbert explains and defends his choices.
Ford sales drop 8 percent over August of 2015. GM sales off 5 percent. Fiat Chrysler sales rise 3 percent.
Fiat Chrysler sales rise 6 percent. Ford up 4 per cent. GM, which has been cutting fleet sales, down 4 percent.
Pre-tax earnings of $3.8 billion made it the best quarter ever for the company. That’s an important number for workers, because it’s the number that profit-sharing checks are based on.
GM has posted a very strong $2 billion profit in the first quarter, beating analysts expectations.
“I keep being asked how many jobs we will lose, not a damn one,” said Kirk Goins, the CEO of Paslin.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has singled out Ford for criticism, promising to force the company to stop building cars in Mexico.
Autorama brings classic hot rods to Cobo Center. Event runs from noon Friday, through 7 PM Sunday.
Buick Verano, which is made at GM’s Lake Orion Plant, ranked tops in terms of dependability.
Two domestics topped their categories, both made in Detroit.
Deaths increase eight percent nationally, ten percent in Michigan.
Fiat Chrysler sales rise 7 percent. GM sales are up .5 percent. Ford sales drop 3 percent.
“We promised a breakthrough year in 2015, and we delivered,” said Ford CEO Mark Fields.
An accounting change will mean bigger profits — and profit sharing checks — at Ford.
Fiat Chrysler sales rise 13 percent in December, 7 percent for the year. Ford sales up 8 percent in December, 5 percent for the full year. GM sales rise 6 percent in December, 5 percent for year.
Fiat Chrysler sales rise 3 percent in November. GM sales up 3 percent. Ford sales rise .4 percent.
Ford says new contract allows company to hire more temporary workers, schedule mandatory overtime. Labor costs to rise 1.5 percent.
Strong sales of the new F-150 pickup, as well as several crossover vehicles, pushed Ford’s earnings here in its North American home market to $2.7 billion dollars.
Dominos is attempting to solve those problems with the perfect pie delivery vehicle.
Honda introduces an all new version of its important small car. We get more from WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert.
It’s a new look for the police vehicles based on the Dodge Charger. We get details from WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert spends some time in Honda’s completely redone Pilot.
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes us through the back country at the Fiat Chrysler proving grounds.
GM sales slipped one percent. Fiat Chrysler sales rose two percent. Ford sales were up five percent.
J.D. Power Study shows that a large number of car buyers never use new technologies like self-parking features and wireless hot spots.
New area at Milford Proving Grounds focuses on preventing crashes.
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert spends some time in Honda’s new small SUV.