Jeff Gilbert

Jeff GilbertAutomotive 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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VIDEO: Windsor Minivan Plant To Get Makeover

Fiat Chrysler will close the plant for 14 weeks to prepare for the launch of an all new minivan next year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/09/2015

GM To ‘Reward’ Workers With Record $9,000 Profit-Sharing Checks

A GM spokesman said the checks are a couple thousand dollars more than expected as a reward for employees’ hard work during a difficult year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/04/2015

Winter Weather No Problem For January Car Sales

GM sales rise 18 percent. Ford sales jump 15 percent. Fiat Chrysler sales see a 14 percent increase.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/03/2015

VIDEO: F-150 Test Drive

Ford has an all new F-150 pickup. It has new technology, a new style, and is 700 pounds lighter. WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes us on a test drive

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/30/2015

Ford Workers Expected To Get $6,900 Profit Sharing Checks

This comes as Ford posted a weaker profit overall for 2014, $3.2 billion.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/29/2015

VIDEO: Ford Updates Its Rouge Tour

Ford has done several things to freshen its public tours of the Dearborn Assembly Plant on the legendary Rouge complex.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/28/2015

VIDEO: An Up-Close-And-Personal Auto Show Tour

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes you to Cobo Center before the doors of the North American International Auto Show open to the public, for a very personal tour of some of the top vehicles.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/19/2015

VIDEO: Large Crowds Come To Auto Show

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert speaks with some of the people coming to the North American International Auto Show.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/19/2015

GM CEO Calls 2014 A “Defining Moment”; Cautiously Optimistic for 2015

Mary Barra tells reporters 2014 was a year of “great disappointment and great progress.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/08/2015

Happy car dealer holding car keys

Car Sales End Year On A High Note

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/05/2015

VIDEO: Cadillac To Unveil 640 HP, 200 MPH CTS-V At Auto Show

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/22/2014

VIDEO: Transforming Cobo Into The North American International Auto Show

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/19/2014

Cadillac To Debut New High Tech, High Vision Rear-View Mirror

“Streaming Video Mirror” eliminates obstructions, increases field of view. Will be on 2016 Cadillac CT 6 flagship vehicle.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/18/2014

60K Classic American Cars In Cuba — But It’s Hardly A Dream Cruise

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/17/2014

UAW President Seeks Pay Hikes In 2015 Detroit 3 Contract Talks

Dennis Williams says strike would be a failure, “We don’t plan to fail.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/15/2014

Ford Overhauls Its Sync Connectivity System

“Sync 3” will replace “My Ford Touch.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/11/2014

Car Chronicles Blog: North American Car And Truck Of The Year

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/06/2014

Black Friday Boosts November Car Sales

Chrysler sales rise 20 percent. GM sales up 6 percent. Ford sales drop 2 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/02/2014

Lexus Chief Sees Luxury Growth–Targeting Younger Buyers

Lexus feels it can keep baby boomers, but also attract more younger buyers, with edgier ads and newer styling.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/24/2014

Ford Launches All New F-150 Pickup Truck [VIDEO]

The new pickup should be in dealerships by late December.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/11/2014

Test Drive — Mercedes C Class

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert takes a spin in Mercedes upgraded C Class Sedan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/10/2014

Ford Announces Executive Swap

Marketing Vice President Jim Farley to lead Ford of Europe, Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell to assume Farley’s marketing job.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/07/2014

Test Drive — 2015 Ford Mustang

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert spends time in the all new version of Ford’s classic “pony car.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/05/2014

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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