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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.

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

Fiat Chrysler Gets Dutch Headquarters

“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles” will be the name of the combined company. CEO says it will not impact workers in the Detroit area.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/29/2014

Silverado Cow

VIDEO: Chevy “Slings The Bull” For Silverado Super Bowl Ad

GM returns to the Super Bowl with two ads that focus on its new pickup truck.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/29/2014


Ford To Issue Record-Breaking Profit-Sharing Checks

A record year for Ford means record profit-sharing of $8,800 for the company’s 47,000 eligible workers.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/28/2014

2014 Cadillac ELR (GM photo)

Cadillac Deal: Buy An EV, Get A Free Charging Station

This comes as Cadillac launches new ELR extended range electric vehicle.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/27/2014

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors(GM), attends the unveiling of the North American Car and Truck of the year award, January 13, 2014 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Chevrolet's Siverado and the Corvette Stingray won the honors.  (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

“Accelerate!” GM’s Mary Barra Says It’s Not About Being A Woman — It’s About Results

General Motors’ new CEO Mary Barra spoke to reporters at a roundtable on Thursday.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/23/2014

2015 Lincoln Navigator (Ford photo)

Big Changes For Lincoln’s Big SUV

Lincoln’s Navigator is getting a new look for 2015.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/23/2014

Chevy Sonic Crash Test (IIHS Photo)

How Safe Are The Smallest Small Cars?

Eleven small cars fare poorly on new, tough crash tests from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/22/2014

The Fiat logo is seen during the 83rd Geneva Motor Show on March 6, 2013 in Geneva. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

Fiat Finalizes Chrysler Ownership

Final deal helps fund retiree health care. Still to be decided: Name of new company and headquarters location.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/21/2014

Cadillac ATS Coupe (GM Photo)

Auto Show Shines For Media Previews

Final day sees luxury reveals. Analysts predict strong sales ahead.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/14/2014

Mary Barra Unveils GMC Canyon (GM Photo)

GM’s Mary Barra Opens The Auto Show: “I’m Honored To Stand Here Tonight”

General Motors incoming CEO Mary Barra stressing collaboration and downplaying her gender in her first major public appearance.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/13/2014