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.
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A process called “virtual manufacturing” allows Ford to design work places that put less stress on assembly line employees.
Big issues are pay raises, health care, job security and the two tier wage scale.
Ford says new products for Michigan Assembly will be a part of discussion during this year’s contract talks.
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.
Japanese brands are no longer alone at the top when it comes to car and truck quality.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra says neither she nor the company’s board of directors is interested in a merger with Fiat-Chrysler.
We’re looking at an annual sales rate of around 17.5 million, which would be the best showing in roughly a decade.
Sakthi Automotive will expand facilities along Fort Street, renovate the former Southwestern High School.
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.
New J.D. Power study shows that of all new technologies, customers find crash prevention technologies the most important.
“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.”
After more than a decade of concessions, United Auto Workers members are looking for gains…
GM will buy back $5 billion worth of shares. Former auto task force member Harry Wilson drops bid to join board.
Fiat-Chrysler sales rise six percent . GM sales up 4 percent. Ford sales drop 2 percent.
GMC launches new ad campaign, aims to improve image as a high end brand, and increase market share.
GM ties Toyota with seven vehicles that are tops in their class. Buick brand moves to number 2 overall, just behind Lexus.
Apple’s looking at the car business. What’s the end game? AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert has some thoughts
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.
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.
Ford hires long time analyst and investment banker John Casesa to the new position of group vice president, Global Strategy.
Connected cars could be the entry point for cyber-attacks on banks and other financial institutions.
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.
The 2015 Chicago Auto Show is about to pick up where the North American International Auto Show left off.
Honda has recently updated the best selling utility in America. WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes it on a test drive.
Fiat Chrysler will close the plant for 14 weeks to prepare for the launch of an all new minivan next year.
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.
GM sales rise 18 percent. Ford sales jump 15 percent. Fiat Chrysler sales see a 14 percent increase.
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
This comes as Ford posted a weaker profit overall for 2014, $3.2 billion.
Ford has done several things to freshen its public tours of the Dearborn Assembly Plant on the legendary Rouge complex.