CBS62logoNEW2013_blue_final_header_White wwj950-sm2011b 971-ticket-35smb 35h_CBSSportsRad_Detroit

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.

(Ford photo)

Crashing Cars To Make Them Safer [VIDEO]

Ford shows off its crash test center, as car companies pick up the pace of real world crash tests.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/10/2014

The Chrysler world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Chrysler Will Keep Windsor Minivan Plant Open

Company no longer seeking help from Canadian government. Will build next generation “people carrier” in Windsor.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/04/2014

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Car Sales Begin To Show February Thaw

Chrysler sales rise 11 percent. GM sales drop 1 percent. Ford sales fall 6 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/03/2014

(Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

GM Pledges To Cooperate With Government Recall Investigation

NHTSA could fine GM up to $35 million if it finds company didn’t act fast enough.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/27/2014


Car Dealer Sales, Profits On The Rise

New study shows record number of sales per dealership in 2013

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/17/2014

Blue Devil Corvette was one of those damaged (GM photo)

GM To Restore Damaged Corvettes

Vehicles damaged by sinkhole will be shipped to company’s technical center, where work will be supervised by GM’s design chief.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/13/2014

(Corvette Museum photo)

Classic Corvettes Swallowed By Sinkhole

A 40-foot sinkhole opened without warning at National Corvette Museum.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/12/2014


Drive For Fuel Economy Gains Leads To Consumer Complaints

Annual JD Power Study of 3 year old vehicle show slippage, for the first time in 15 years.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/12/2014

(stock image)

Polar Vortex Slams January Car Sales

Chrysler sales up 8 percent. Industry expected to be down 2 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/03/2014

2014 Super Duty (Ford photo)

Rising Truck Demand Leads To New Investment, New Jobs At Ford

Ford to invest $80 million, add 350 new jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/30/2014