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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.

2015 Ford Edge (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Ford Plans To Take All New Edge Crossover To A Global Audience

All new Edge will be sold in Europe, expand its presence in China.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/24/2014

Self parking car. (Valeo photo)

Are You Ready To Leave The Parking To Your Car?

Auto supplier Valeo shows new technology that allows car to drop you off, and park itself.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/23/2014

chrysler headquarters sign

Federal Government Investigates 1.2 Million Chrysler Cars For Ignition Issues

Federal investigators want to know whether some Chrysler cars have a dangerous ignition switch problem.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/18/2014

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Industry Slips Overall; But Ford And Hyundai Gain In New Car Quality Study

GM Slips in quality study, but still has a good showing. Ford and Hyundai improve. Jeep and Fiat don’t fare so well.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/18/2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill, April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Barra To Tell Congress “It’s Not Business As Usual At GM”

GM CEO to make a repeat appearance before subcommittee. Will promise to personally push through cultural change at the company.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/17/2014

"Eyes on the Road" Video (VW photo)

VW Safety Video Gets Attention of Texting Teens

Dramatic video tops 20 million YouTube views.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/16/2014

2014 Chevy Camaro (GM Photo)

Another Ignition-Related Recall For General Motors

This time it’s a half million Camaro’s. Drivers knee can knock key out of run position.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/13/2014

(Ford photo)

Ford Downgrades Fuel Economy Of Six Vehicles

Fuel economy rankings cut 1-7 mpg for hybrid Fusion, MKZ and C-Max, as well as most trims of 2014 Fiesta.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/12/2014

Alfa Romeo 4C (Fiat-Chrysler photo)

Alfa Romeo Prepares for U.S. Return

Alfa’s return starts with 4C sports car. The plan is to create a luxury brand to compete with BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/12/2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill, April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Congress Schedules A Return Appearance For GM CEO Mary Barra

Barra and investigator Anton Valukas will appear before House Subcommittee on June 18th.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/11/2014

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