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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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.


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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

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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

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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 Motor Company World Headquarters Building, Dearborn, Michigan, USA.  (Ford Photo)

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

Owners prepare a classic  car for the 2016 Autorama (Jeff Gilbert photo)

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

Buick Verano finishes tops in J.D. Power Dependability Study (GM Photo)

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

Ford F-150 is Consumer Reports top pickup (credit: George Fox/CBS Detroit)

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

File photo: 2015 crash, related to drunken driving.  (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Highway Deaths Spike In 2015; Michigan Above National Average

Deaths increase eight percent nationally, ten percent in Michigan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/17/2016

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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


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