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.

The Chrysler logo is viewed on January 31, 2012 at the 2012 Washington Auto Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The auto show runs through February 5. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Chrysler Posts Strong Third Quarter Profit

Chrysler posts $611 million in third quarter earnings, expects to make around $2.5 billion for full year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/05/2014

(Ford photo)

Ford Recalls 200,000 Vehicles For Five Separate Problems

Vehicles recalled include various model years of the F-150, Flex, Transit, Transit Connect, Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/04/2014

(credit: istock)

Car And Truck Sales Show Strong–But Uneven–October Growth

Chrysler sales rise 22 percent. Best October since 2001. GM sales were flat. Ford sales dropped 2 percent, on tight pickup inventories.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/03/2014

Acura TLX (Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: Acura TLX Test Drive

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes a test drive in Acura’s new entry level luxury car, the TLX.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/31/2014

(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Auto Sales Expected To Show Slow Growth In 2015

Sales expected to rise from 16.4 million this year to 16.8 million next year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/29/2014

2012 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (credit: Ferrari S.p.A.)

Fiat Chrysler Spins Off Ferrari Brand

Money raised from the spin off will help fund Fiat Chrysler growth plans.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/29/2014

GM CEO Mary Barra (GM photo)

CEO Mary Barra Wants GM To Develop A New Attitude

“I want it understood that they day of GM being a polite competitor is over,” Barra tells the Detroit Economic Club.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/28/2014

Volvo XC 60 (Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: Test Drive — Volvo XC 60

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert spends time in Volvo’s new crossover.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/28/2014

An auto show employee demonstrates Ford’s new revolutionary MyFord Touch car infotainment technology January 27, 2011. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Issues Hurt Auto Reliability Scores

Lexus finishes tops in Consumer Reports reliability study, followed closely by Toyota. Buick is top domestic brand.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/27/2014

Ram Hospitality Van Concept (Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: Chrysler Shows Off “Man Cave On Wheels”

Chrysler displays several customized vehicles that it’s going to take to the SEMA Aftermarket show, including something unique called the “Hospitality Van.”

10/24/2014

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