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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WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert speaks with some of the people coming to the North American International Auto Show.
Mary Barra tells reporters 2014 was a year of “great disappointment and great progress.”
Fiat-Chrysler sales up 20 percent in December, 16 percent for full year. GM sales jump 19 percent in December, 5 percent for the year. Ford sales rise 1 percent in December, flat for year.
Cadillac will show off its performance side at January’s North American International Auto Show, with a new version of the CTS-V performance car. It has a 640 horsepower, turbocharged V-8 engine, and a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes a tour of the floor of Cobo Center, where hundreds of construction workers are already well into the process of setting up the North American International Auto Show.
“Streaming Video Mirror” eliminates obstructions, increases field of view. Will be on 2016 Cadillac CT 6 flagship vehicle.
The potential normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba has attracted the interest of auto enthusiasts — because of the large number of vintage American vehicles on the road.
Dennis Williams says strike would be a failure, “We don’t plan to fail.”
“Sync 3” will replace “My Ford Touch.”
It’s the most difficult vote that I’ve had in the several years that I’ve been a juror for North American Car and Truck of the Year.
Chrysler sales rise 20 percent. GM sales up 6 percent. Ford sales drop 2 percent.
Lexus feels it can keep baby boomers, but also attract more younger buyers, with edgier ads and newer styling.
The new pickup should be in dealerships by late December.
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes a spin in Mercedes upgraded C Class Sedan.
Marketing Vice President Jim Farley to lead Ford of Europe, Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell to assume Farley’s marketing job.
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert spends time in the all new version of Ford’s classic “pony car.”
Chrysler posts $611 million in third quarter earnings, expects to make around $2.5 billion for full year.
Vehicles recalled include various model years of the F-150, Flex, Transit, Transit Connect, Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car
Chrysler sales rise 22 percent. Best October since 2001. GM sales were flat. Ford sales dropped 2 percent, on tight pickup inventories.
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes a test drive in Acura’s new entry level luxury car, the TLX.
Sales expected to rise from 16.4 million this year to 16.8 million next year.
Money raised from the spin off will help fund Fiat Chrysler growth plans.
“I want it understood that they day of GM being a polite competitor is over,” Barra tells the Detroit Economic Club.
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert spends time in Volvo’s new crossover.
Lexus finishes tops in Consumer Reports reliability study, followed closely by Toyota. Buick is top domestic brand.
Chrysler displays several customized vehicles that it’s going to take to the SEMA Aftermarket show, including something unique called the “Hospitality Van.”
Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it’s a serious drag on profits.
Car dealers say it creates a “level playing field.” Tesla calls it a “raw deal.”
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert checks out Mercedes new small crossover, the GLK.
Finalists for North American Car and Truck of Year will be announced in December. Award winners will be announced to start auto show in January.