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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GM-UAW Talks Begin (Jeff Gilbert photo)

GM And UAW Stress Teamwork As Auto Talks Begin

Big issues are pay raises, health care, job security and the two tier wage scale.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/13/2015

President Obama at Mich Assembly (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Ford Moves Focus Production Out Of Wayne Plant

Ford says new products for Michigan Assembly will be a part of discussion during this year’s contract talks.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/09/2015

Bonneville Car (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Classic Car Lovers Preparing For Big Show In Plymouth

A small classic car display previewed the annual Concours D’Elegance of America. The event is scheduled for July 26th at Plymouth’s Inn at St. John.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/08/2015

2015 Toyota Camry (Photo credit: Toyota Motor Corporation)

‘It’s An Historic Shift’: Japanese Brands Overtaken In JD Power Quality Study

Japanese brands are no longer alone at the top when it comes to car and truck quality.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/17/2015

GM 2015 Annual Meeting (GM photo)

GM Won’t Merge With Fiat Chrysler, CEO Barra Says

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says neither she nor the company’s board of directors is interested in a merger with Fiat-Chrysler.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2015

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Car And Truck Sales Post Strong May Gains

We’re looking at an annual sales rate of around 17.5 million, which would be the best showing in roughly a decade.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/02/2015

Artist conception of new site. (Sakhti photo)

Indian Supplier Expands In Southwest Detroit

Sakthi Automotive will expand facilities along Fort Street, renovate the former Southwestern High School.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/11/2015

WWJ Photo, File

FCA CEO: Current Industry Model “Unsustainable”— Consolidation Needed

Sergio Marchionne warns that unless car companies start combining their efforts, the high costs of the auto industry will once again put the industry in a difficult position.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/29/2015

Safety Technology On Display (Jeff Gilbert photo)

What Do Car Buyers Want? Safety Technology!

New J.D. Power study shows that of all new technologies, customers find crash prevention technologies the most important.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/22/2015

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UAW President: ‘Too Many Damn Tiers!’

“My staff said, did you see the article in the paper about a new tier, Now, and I think they got too many damn tiers now.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/25/2015

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‘Stakes Are High’ As UAW Begins 2015 Contract Talks

After more than a decade of concessions, United Auto Workers members are looking for gains…

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/24/2015

(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images, File)

GM To Buy Back Stock; Company Avoids Investor Showdown

GM will buy back $5 billion worth of shares. Former auto task force member Harry Wilson drops bid to join board.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/09/2015

Ford dealership . (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

February Car Sales Rise, But Also Disappoint

Fiat-Chrysler sales rise six percent . GM sales up 4 percent. Ford sales drop 2 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/03/2015

GMC Lineup (GM photo)

GMC Gets Its Turn In The Spotlight

GMC launches new ad campaign, aims to improve image as a high end brand, and increase market share.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/02/2015

2015 Buick LaCrosse (GM photo)

GM Scores Well In JD Power Dependability Study

GM ties Toyota with seven vehicles that are tops in their class. Buick brand moves to number 2 overall, just behind Lexus.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/25/2015

Customers were wrapped around the building Friday at Partridge Creek to purchase the iPhone 6. (By Edward Cardenas)

Car Chronicles Blog: Apple Doesn’t Want To Build A Car — It Wants You!

Apple’s looking at the car business. What’s the end game? AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert has some thoughts

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/24/2015

2015 Buick Regal (GM photo)

American Brands Show Improvement In Latest Consumer Reports Rankings

Buick is first U.S. brand to be in Consumer Reports top 10. Chevy Impala and Buick Regal are among the top picks in their categories.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/24/2015

Cadillac CT6 (GM photo)

Cadillac Shows New Flagship Car In Oscars Ad

New CT6 will be unveiled at New York Auto Show, be built at Detroit-Hamtramk, and reach the market around the end of the year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/23/2015

Ford VP John Casesa (Ford photo)

Ford Hires Well Known Analyst For Top Planning Role

Ford hires long time analyst and investment banker John Casesa to the new position of group vice president, Global Strategy.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/17/2015

Automated Cars Vulnerable To Attacks (Google Photo)

Why Are Hackers Interested In Cars? The Answer May Surprise You.

Connected cars could be the entry point for cyber-attacks on banks and other financial institutions.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/17/2015

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle. (GM photo)

GM Announces Chevy Bolt EV Will Be Built In Oakland County

General Motors confirmed Thursday that it will put the Chevrolet Bolt electric concept car into production, and the vehicle will be built at the Orion plant in Oakland County.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/12/2015

2015 Ford Police Interceptor SUV (Ford photo)

Chicago Auto Show ‘About Trucks And SUVs More So Than Ever’

The 2015 Chicago Auto Show is about to pick up where the North American International Auto Show left off.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/11/2015

Honda CRV (Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: Test Drive–Honda CRV

Honda has recently updated the best selling utility in America. WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes it on a test drive.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/10/2015

Windsor Minivan Plant (Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: Windsor Minivan Plant To Get Makeover

Fiat Chrysler will close the plant for 14 weeks to prepare for the launch of an all new minivan next year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/09/2015

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GM To ‘Reward’ Workers With Record $9,000 Profit-Sharing Checks

A GM spokesman said the checks are a couple thousand dollars more than expected as a reward for employees’ hard work during a difficult year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/04/2015

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Winter Weather No Problem For January Car Sales

GM sales rise 18 percent. Ford sales jump 15 percent. Fiat Chrysler sales see a 14 percent increase.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/03/2015

Ford F-150 (Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: F-150 Test Drive

Ford has an all new F-150 pickup. It has new technology, a new style, and is 700 pounds lighter. WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes us on a test drive

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/30/2015

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Ford Workers Expected To Get $6,900 Profit Sharing Checks

This comes as Ford posted a weaker profit overall for 2014, $3.2 billion.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/29/2015

Ford Rouge Tour (Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: Ford Updates Its Rouge Tour

Ford has done several things to freshen its public tours of the Dearborn Assembly Plant on the legendary Rouge complex.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/28/2015

Acura NSX (Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: An Up-Close-And-Personal Auto Show Tour

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes you to Cobo Center before the doors of the North American International Auto Show open to the public, for a very personal tour of some of the top vehicles.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/19/2015



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