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.
Car companies look to the land and sea as they come up with interesting ideas for the SEMA aftermarket show.
SEMA — Specialty Equipment Market Association — is a group dedicated to the aftermarket, which can range from small customization, to big engines.
Chrysler sales jump 11 percent. Company expects October annual sales rate of 15.7 million.
CEO vows to learn from mistakes. Still, Chrysler earned 464 million in 3rd quarter, 22 percent more than last year.
GM earns 698, million, after one time charges. Pre tax earnings jump to $2.6 billion.
Consumer Reports drops several vehicles from its “recommended” list.
While white remains the most popular car color, it looks like blue has become the emerging color of the year.
Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala will be on the market next year. General Motors isn’t talking about a price.
Ford builds new Asia plants to prepare for expected growth.
Ford sales were up 6 percent in September. Chrysler sales rose 1 percent. Total industry is expected to be down about 5 percent.