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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Drive Through Hell (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Driving Through Hell To Judge The Best Cars And Trucks [VIDEO]

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/14/2014

Ford's Joe Hinrichs makes jobs announcement (Ford photo)

Ford To Add 850 New Jobs At Rouge

Jobs will be added at three plants to support production of new F-150 pickup.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/13/2014

(Jeff Gilbert photo)

VIDEO: Trucks Rule at Texas State Fair

Car companies show off new truck products in the largest truck market of them all.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/09/2014

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Solid September Car Sales Set Stage For Strong Close To Year

GM and Chrysler sales increase 19 percent. Ford sales drop 3 percent.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/01/2014

(credit: Jeff Gilbert/WWJ)

Trucks Are Big At Texas State Fair [VIDEO]

Amid the fried foods, the mechanical bulls and a big statue called “Big Tex,” the Texas State Fair is big business for companies that build big trucks.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/25/2014

Cadillac Elmiraj concept vehicle (Jeff Gilbert photo)

GM To Build Cadillac “Flagship” In Detroit

The car will be meant to compete with vehicles like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series, which can have sticker prices in the $100,000 range.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/19/2014

2014 Chevrolet Express (GM Photo)

GM Recalls Natural Gas Powered Vans

Vehicles could leak, posing a fire risk. No fires or injuries have been reported.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/18/2014

The General Motors headquarters is seen April 1, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Number Of Deaths Related To GM Ignition Switches Rises

Nineteen compensation claims have been approved for deaths related to GM ignition switch recall, Twelve injury claims have been approved.

09/15/2014

(credit: Jeff Gilbert/WWJ)

Car Chronicles Blog: Life In A Connected Car

The first “connected cars” are coming … But, what does this really mean?

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/09/2014

Ford Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. (Ford photo)

Is There A Connected Car In Your Future?

“It kinda freaks some people out. Some people, they hear autonomous driving and say ‘My God, I never want to get into that vehicle.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/08/2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the media during a news conference at the headquarters of the company's German subsidiary Opel in Ruesselsheim, on January 27, 2014.  (Credit: DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images)

2017 Cadillac Will Sport Limited Automated Driving Capabilities

General Motors also plans new “connected car” to help prevent crashes.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/07/2014

Toyota Research Vehicle (Toyota photo)

Toyota: Automated Cars Won’t Be Driverless Cars

Automaker lays out plans for “partnership” between the car and the driver.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/04/2014

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

BASF's Paul Czornij shows new colors (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Car Colors Are About To Get Bolder

Better economic times prompt buyers to like more expressive colors.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/30/2014

(Insurance Institute For Highway Safety photo)

Small Cars Don’t Fare Well In New Crash Tests

Only one of 12 vehicles earns “good” rating in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/30/2014

(Jeff Gilbert photo)

Mustang’s And Pintos Join The Off-Beat At Ford Employee Car Show

Pinto lovers bringtheir annual stampede to town.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/18/2014

Faurecia

New Headquarters Building For A Growing Auto Supplier

Supplier Faurecia has seen its North American business triple in recent years.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/16/2014

Concours Preview (Jeff Gilbert photo)

Classic Car Lovers Prepare for Big Show

Concours d’Elegance of America set for July 27th at Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/15/2014

Concept of New Volkswagen SUV (VW Photo)

Volkswagen To Expand Tennessee Plant; Add 2,000 Jobs

New mid-size SUV will roll off Chattanooga line in 2016. Company also adding research and development center to site.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/14/2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata (Hyundai Photo)

Mid-Size Car Market Tightens With New Hyundai Sonata

Vehicle features new look, upgraded driving dynamics and new technology.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/14/2014

Incoming Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen (GM photo)

GM Snags Infiniti Chief To Become New Cadillac President

Johan de Nysschen, with experience at top of Infiniti and Audi, will take over to Cadillac job August 1st.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/11/2014

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