Jeff Gilbert

Jeff GilbertAutomotive 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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General Motors Posts Record High First Quarter

GM’s posted pre-tax earnings of $3.4 billion in North America, up 48.8 percent. That’s an important number, because it’s what profit sharing checks are based on.

CBS Detroit–04/28/2017

GM Workers To Get Record $12K Profit-Sharing Checks After Best Year Ever

GM’s profit sharing checks are based on earnings of $12 billion in North America.

02/07/2017

Solid Year At Ford Means $9,000 Profit-Sharing Checks For Workers

The figure is down just a tad from 2015’s record profit-sharing checks of $9,300.

01/26/2017

Fiat Chrysler Workers Expected To Get $5,000 Profit-Sharing Checks

A big year for Fiat Chrysler means bigger profit sharing checks for the rank and file.

01/26/2017

Another Election This Week: Car And Truck Of The Year

WWJ AutoBeat reporter Jeff Gilbert explains and defends his choices.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/10/2016

Car Sales End Summer On Down Note

Ford sales drop 8 percent over August of 2015. GM sales off 5 percent. Fiat Chrysler sales rise 3 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/01/2016

A Record April for Car and Truck Sales

Fiat Chrysler sales rise 6 percent. Ford up 4 per cent. GM, which has been cutting fleet sales, down 4 percent.

05/03/2016

Ford Nearly Doubles 1Q Earnings To $2.5 Billion

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/28/2016

GM Beats Expectations, Posts $2 Billion Profit In First Quarter

GM has posted a very strong $2 billion profit in the first quarter, beating analysts expectations.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/21/2016

Macomb County Auto Supplier Celebrates Purchase By Chinese Company

“I keep being asked how many jobs we will lose, not a damn one,” said Kirk Goins, the CEO of Paslin.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/18/2016

Ford Confirms New $1.6B Plant In Mexico, UAW Fires Back

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has singled out Ford for criticism, promising to force the company to stop building cars in Mexico.

CBS Detroit–04/05/2016

Autorama Creates A New Generation of Hot Rod Lovers [VIDEO]

Autorama brings classic hot rods to Cobo Center. Event runs from noon Friday, through 7 PM Sunday.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/26/2016

GM Scores Big Wins In J.D. Power Dependability Study

Buick Verano, which is made at GM’s Lake Orion Plant, ranked tops in terms of dependability.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/24/2016

Surprising Results As Consumer Reports Chooses Best Cars And Brands

Two domestics topped their categories, both made in Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/23/2016

Highway Deaths Spike In 2015; Michigan Above National Average

Deaths increase eight percent nationally, ten percent in Michigan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/17/2016

January Storm No Match For Strong Car Sales

Fiat Chrysler sales rise 7 percent. GM sales are up .5 percent. Ford sales drop 3 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/02/2016

Ford Workers To Get Record Profit-Sharing Checks After $7.4 Billion Year

“We promised a breakthrough year in 2015, and we delivered,” said Ford CEO Mark Fields.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/28/2016

Ford Earnings $1.5B Higher Than Anticipated; Big Profit-Sharing, Bonus Checks Expected

An accounting change will mean bigger profits — and profit sharing checks — at Ford.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/07/2016

Auto Industry Ends 2015 On A Very Strong Note

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/05/2016

Happy car dealer holding car keys

It’s A ‘November to Remember’ For Car And Truck Sales With Best-Ever Numbers

Fiat Chrysler sales rise 3 percent in November. GM sales up 3 percent. Ford sales rise .4 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/01/2015

Ford Says It Gains Flexibility From New UAW Deal

Ford says new contract allows company to hire more temporary workers, schedule mandatory overtime. Labor costs to rise 1.5 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/30/2015

BREAKING: Ford Posts Record Earnings In North America, $1.9 Billion 3rd Quarter Profit

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.

CBS Detroit–10/27/2015

Dominos Unveils DXP Delivery Vehicle With Built-In Pizza Warmer

Dominos is attempting to solve those problems with the perfect pie delivery vehicle.

10/21/2015

Video: Honda Introduces An All-New Civic

Honda introduces an all new version of its important small car. We get more from WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/21/2015

VIDEO: Dodge Updates Its Charger Police Car

It’s a new look for the police vehicles based on the Dodge Charger. We get details from WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/11/2015

VIDEO: Honda Pilot Test Drive

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert spends some time in Honda’s completely redone Pilot.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/10/2015

Off-Roading With Jeep At The Proving Grounds [VIDEO]

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes us through the back country at the Fiat Chrysler proving grounds.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/03/2015

Happy car dealer holding car keys

Car Sales Exceed Expectations In August: Domestics Out Perform Market

GM sales slipped one percent. Fiat Chrysler sales rose two percent. Ford sales were up five percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/01/2015

Car Technology Is Great, If Only Drivers Used It

J.D. Power Study shows that a large number of car buyers never use new technologies like self-parking features and wireless hot spots.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/25/2015

VIDEO: New GM “Active Safety” Center Aims To Save Lives

New area at Milford Proving Grounds focuses on preventing crashes.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/24/2015

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