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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.

Chrysler 200 (Chrysler photo)

Auto Show: Chrysler Wants To Shake Up Mid Size Segment

Chrysler unveils all-new 200 mid sized car, with upgraded interior and brand new styling.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/13/2014

GMC Canyon Pickup (GM Photo)

Auto Show: Are Small Pickup Trucks The Next Big Thing?

GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado will be only domestic compact pickups

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/12/2014

Mayor Duggan talks with chef Jamie Miller. (Jeff Gilbert photo.)

Detroit Mayor Impressed After Auto Show Tour [VIDEO]

Mayor Duggan sees Cobo renovations and show preparations.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/09/2014

Cleveland Engine Plant  (Photo by Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)

What’s Your Most High Tech Possession? Your Car

New study shows auto industry is more Silicon Valley than Rust Belt.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/08/2014

Ford's Sync system (Ford photo)

Ford Has A Better Idea — For Ordering Pizza!

Company announces new apps from Dominos and other partners.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/07/2014

Connectivity in Cars (GM Photo)

What Do Car Buyers Want? New Technology!

New study of auto execs say technology is becoming as important as styling.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/07/2014

(GM Photo)

Speed is About More Than Horsepower, With New 4G Connections

Malibu, Impala, Volt and Corvette will be first to get 4G connections.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/06/2014


Slow December Can’t Dampen Strong Car Sales Year

Weak weather hampers December sales, but 2013 still saw all three domestic companies post full year gains.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/03/2014

(Ford photo)

Ford Shows Off Car That Runs For Miles On Sunshine Alone

Ford is about to show off a vehicle that can run for 21 miles on a days worth of sunshine.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/02/2014

(IIHS Photo)

Raising The Bar On Auto Safety

Stricter standards mean only 22 vehicles get top designation from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/19/2013