Jeff Gilbert

(credit: George Fox/CBS Detroit)

(credit: George Fox/CBS Detroit)

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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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

(credit: Jeff Gilbert/WWJ)

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

credit: Jeff Gilbert/WWJ)

‘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



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