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.

Ford dealership . (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

August Car Sales Rate Best Since 2006

Sales up six percent over last August, shattering expectations. Seasonally Adjusted Annual Sales Rate (SAAR) comes in at 17.5 million.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/03/2014

Mustang Launches At Flat Rock (Ford photo)

Launching A Legend

Ceremonial first 2015 Mustang rolls off the assembly line at Ford’s Flat Rock Plant.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/28/2014

Ford Rouge Complex (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Ford Getting Ready For An Important New Truck [VIDEO]

Ford is using 1100 18-wheelers to move parts for a new body shop into the Dearborn Truck Plant.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/27/2014

GM Begins Bike Sharing (Jeff Gilbert photo)

GM Brings Bike Sharing To Technical Center

Program expected to give General Motors workers a faster, healthier way to move among the tech center’s 61 buildings.

08/26/2014

Mustang T-Shirts (Jeff Gilbert photo)

“Mustang Unleashed”: Designer T-Shirts For A Classic Sports Car

Car companies look for different ways to market vehicles and reach new audiences.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/25/2014

Teaser picture of 2016 Chevy Volt (GM Photo)

Get A First Look At GM’s Second Generation Chevy Volt

“The Volt did and continues to do great things for the brand,” said Chevrolet marketing chief Tim Mahoney.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/07/2014

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Talks With WWJ (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Governor Snyder Touts Auto Industry Turnaround

Governor defends right-to-work legislation, says priority is to attract new talent to auto industry.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/06/2014

(credit: istock)

Stable Gas Prices, Younger Buyers, Expected To Push Car Sales Higher

Experts at Traverse City Conference predict continued growth, but raise some concerns about the impact of new trends.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/05/2014

American Axle CEO David Dauch (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Auto Supplier Makes Big Commitment to Detroit

American Axle will establish Advanced Technical Center in Detroit, create 70-100 jobs.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/04/2014

Ford dealership . (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

July Car Sales Soar Back To Pre-Recession Levels

Chrysler sales rise 20 percent. Ford sales up 10 percent. GM sales jump 9 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/01/2014

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