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Carfax staff editors and contributors have well more than 200 combined years of journalism experience. That helps them bring a laser focus to coverage to help in-market car shoppers find just the right car at just the right price.

 

Even before I became an automotive journalist, I’d been a car guy. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, where you drive everywhere, even if it’s just next door. That has led to a lifetime of keeping up with models, trends and technological advances. I’m the Executive Editor at Carfax; before that I worked at Consumer Reports, and before that I had a long stint as Editor-in-Chief at Cars.com. Before turning to automotive, I spent two decades in newspapers, including 11 years at the Chicago Tribune. I’m married with three grown children and live in Northern Virginia.

 

I have been covering the automotive industry since my days at the University of Michigan. I’ve worked at Car & Driver, Michigan Radio and U.S. News & World Report, where I was Senior Editor for automotive coverage. As Carfax Managing Editor, I work every day to make buying and owning cars easier for our readers. In my free time, you can find me biking, attending Cars and Coffee and catching the latest movies. My personal cars tend to be ‘90s Japanese sedans with manual transmissions. I serve as Vice President of the Washington Automotive Press Association and live in the Washington D.C. area.

 

I grew up near Detroit and have been surrounded by the automotive industry my entire life. I spent much of my youth attending car shows, rebuilding classic cars and accompanying my father at work-related events at various test tracks, proving grounds and other automotive facilities. I’ve always had an affinity for writing, research and education, so reporting about cars and working to educate people just makes sense. I currently write for U.S. News & World Report and Carfax, and I hold the roles of executive editor and director of communications at InsideEVs. I studied at Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan, as well as VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL, where I completed my master’s degree.

 

As a young boy I loved to hang around my grandfather, who was forever tinkering and doting on his 1960s-era Ford Fairlane. I was never handy with repairs, but I loved the connection he had with that car. My professional life initially led me away from cars – first as a history professor at the University of South Carolina and then as a journalist and policy wonk in Washington, DC. I reconnected with cars professionally as a senior autos editor at U.S. News & World Report. When I’m not writing, I’m usually on the practice fields at Riverbend High School, where I coach football.

 

I’ve worked in automotive journalism for more than 15 years, first as chief copy editor at Cars.com and later as a freelancer. The early days of my career were in newspapers, but I moved online after earning a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and have never looked back. When I’m not telling my friends to buy hybrids, I love reading, writing, baking and being outdoors with my family. I live in Seattle (where we drive our cars onto boats) with my husband and two daughters.

 

I am an automotive writer and photographer living in Northeast Florida. I’m a regular contributor to numerous automotive magazines and founded Jacksonville Car Culture, an automotive lifestyle firm that runs Jacksonville’s Cars & Coffee. I also work as the director of communications for The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a world-renowned automotive event and two-time winner of the International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award. I have a doctorate degree from The Institute for Worship Studies.

 

I got my start in automotive journalism working as an editor at Edmunds.com. Since then, I’ve had work published in outlets such as the New York Daily News, Car & Driver, Credit Karma, AARP and Ride by Kelley Blue Book. I’ve written automotive content that includes everything from model overviews to consumer advice articles, and I enjoy providing readers with information that can simplify and enhance their lives. I’m based in Los Angeles.

 

I am a long-time automotive editor and writer. My work can be found in many publications including Automobile, Automotive News, National Automobile Dealers Association, USA Today, F&I Showroom, Auto Dealer Today, AARP, Costco Connections, Cars.com, Fox Business and the New York Times. I am the former automotive editor for a number of daily newspapers and a former managing editor of a selection of national magazines. I’m a past vice president of the Society of Professional Journalists and 2018 national conference chair of the Association of Journalists and Authors. I am the recipient of several national writing and editing awards, including from the Associated Press and Gannett Newspapers, where I started my career.

 

I started my career as a daily newspaper reporter in the Philly burbs and the Lehigh Valley, but the road of life took me to Detroit, where I worked in the auto industry for 25+ years. I had corporate communications and media relations assignments at Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler, and Mercedes-Benz. I was working for Chrysler when it merged with Daimler, did a stint in Germany, and years later, worked for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services after the companies split. In 2015, I returned to the East Coast as the head of communications for a trade association supporting the consumer lending industry. I am a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and the Texas Auto Writers Association and a former member of regional automotive press associations in New York, Detroit, and Chicago. I have a bachelor’s from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in journalism from Michigan State University.

 

I’ve been covering cars for more than 30 years, with 17 of those spent as automotive editor for Consumers Digest magazine. I specialize in the vehicle buying and ownership experience, with a few car reviews thrown in for good measure. My work has been featured in print publications including Forbes, Chicago Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Executive Travel and Muscle & Fitness, as well as websites including Forbes.com and Carfax.com. My weekly “Wheel Deals” newspaper articles are syndicated by CTW Features. I hold a B.A. in Communication from Southern Illinois University and live just outside of Chicago.

 

I love uncovering fun and fascinating car stories, researching every aspect of the automotive world and reviewing the newest makes and models. I’ve driven a BMW at nearly 200 miles per hour on the German autobahn, and piloted a Zamboni in Manhattan at its slightly slower top speed of 4 mph. I’m based in the New York City area, but recent adventures have included everything from dune driving in the Sahara, to learning how to keep hungry mice from making a home in your car’s engine bay.

 

I started covering the automotive industry while attending George Mason University. Since then, my work has been featured on Autoblog, Autoweek, Digital Trends, Carfax, CarsDirect, U.S. News & World Report and more. I have a soft spot for convertibles and wagons, especially those that can fit all of my pit bull’s belongings. Beyond covering cars, I enjoy trying local beer, finding new places to eat and watching movies. I currently reside in Baltimore and am a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association.

 

When I began covering the auto industry you could still buy cars with carburetors, and SUVs accounted for less than 5% of the new-vehicle market. Along the way I served as automotive editor of Consumer Guide for more than 15 years, as an auto writer for the Chicago Tribune for eight years and as a freelance writer for several more, contributing to newspapers, Reuters, Automotive News, Cars.com and others. I have an on-again-off-again interest in racing that during an “on” period led to an opportunity to write a history of the Indianapolis 500. If it’s warm enough in the Chicago area, I’m probably playing golf in my free time or watching White Sox games.

 

I have 15 years of experience with the auto industry as a freelance writer and editor. In addition to Carfax, recent bylines include HowStuffWorks, U.S. News & World Report, Hagerty, the Chicago Tribune and CarGurus. My hobbies include boxing and dance classes, paddle boarding and reading. Though the Volkswagen/Audi community was my gateway to my love of cars, I now own a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray and a 2020 Subaru Outback XT Onyx Edition, as well as a Genuine Buddy 150 scooter and a Honda Grom. I live in Chicago.

 

I have written about cars for more than a decade for publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fortune, Vogue, Newsweek, Fast Company, Forbes, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Robb Report, Town & Country, U.S. News & World Report and Refinery 29. As a U.S. juror to the World Car Awards, I test drive scores of new cars each year. So far, my reporting has taken me to five continents; by my count, I have eaten ice cream in more than 50 countries.