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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.

(Insurance Institute For Highway Safety photo)

Small Cars Don’t Fare Well In New Crash Tests

Only one of 12 vehicles earns “good” rating in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/30/2014

(Jeff Gilbert photo)

Mustang’s And Pintos Join The Off-Beat At Ford Employee Car Show

Pinto lovers bringtheir annual stampede to town.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/18/2014

Faurecia

New Headquarters Building For A Growing Auto Supplier

Supplier Faurecia has seen its North American business triple in recent years.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/16/2014

Concours Preview (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Classic Car Lovers Prepare for Big Show

Concours d’Elegance of America set for July 27th at Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/15/2014

Concept of New Volkswagen SUV (VW Photo)

Volkswagen To Expand Tennessee Plant; Add 2,000 Jobs

New mid-size SUV will roll off Chattanooga line in 2016. Company also adding research and development center to site.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/14/2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata (Hyundai Photo)

Mid-Size Car Market Tightens With New Hyundai Sonata

Vehicle features new look, upgraded driving dynamics and new technology.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/14/2014

Incoming Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen (GM photo)

GM Snags Infiniti Chief To Become New Cadillac President

Johan de Nysschen, with experience at top of Infiniti and Audi, will take over to Cadillac job August 1st.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/11/2014

Newly elected UAW President Dennis WIlliams--file photo. (WWJ/Beth Fisher)

UAW Launches New Strategy In Drive To Organize VW Plant

UAW Local 42 aims to represent workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/10/2014

Ford Europe President Steven O'Dell meets with reporters (credit: Jeff Gilbert/WWJ)

Ford Sees Strong Gains In Europe

Ford of Europe President says sales are up 6.6 percent in the first half, company on track to make a profit in Europe next year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/09/2014

Ford Transit (Ford photo)

Ford Thinks Big With New Cargo Van

Company shows off the Transit van, which replaces its long time Ford E-Series.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/08/2014

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