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.
With a little more than a month to go, it’s beginning to look a lot like an auto show inside Cobo Center.
Investment includes a $600 million paint shop at Flint Truck, and new transmission and engine project at Romulus Powertrain.
General Motors says it’s learning from Disney, Apple and Nordstroms …
My top vehicles of the year are the Chevy Impala and Silverado.
The most modern thing about the 2015 Mustang is a third engine choice, to go along with the traditional V-6 and V-8. A new four-cylinder Ecoboost engine will put out at least 305 horsepower, with greatly improved fuel economy.
“It’s going to feature a lot of new drive train options and mechanical upgrades it never had before,” said Kelly Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer.
Ram 1500 pickup wins Motor Trend’s Truck of Year Award for the second consecutive year.
Chrysler posts a 16 percent sales increase. GM up 14 percent. Ford up 7 percent.
Honda Accord snags “Green Car of Year” award. Three companies prepare to put out fuel cell powered vehicles.
Sales are reaching pre recession levels and are expected to remain stable going forward.