AOL Autos Editors & Correspondents

AOL Autos stands for a constellation of values, expressed in the simplest of terms via some of the most complex car-loving individuals the world over. An automotive resource with dense textures and specific how-to advice, we nevertheless look through a long lens at the spirit of the automobile, a representation of our own forward movement and progress as individuals.

Sharon Silke Carty

Sharon Silke Carty

Editor-in-Chief, AOL Autos

Sharon Silke Carty is the Editor-in-Chief for AOL Autos. She has written about cars for a decade, writing for USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and Dow Jones. She was a 2008 fellow with the Stanley Foundation, traveling to India to study economic issues in the developing world and the Indian auto industry. She also was a 2010 fellow with the East-West Center, traveling to Korea to delve into global economic issues, including visits to the Korean automakers. She does frequent media appearances, including interviews on NPR's "On The Media" and Fox Business News. Carty lives outside Ann Arbor, Mich., with her husband, Jim, and their three children. 

Michael Zak

Michael Zak

Consumer Editor, AOL Autos

Michael Zak is Consumer Editor for AOL Autos. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where he majored in History and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France at the Université Marc-Bloch. A native of metro-Detroit , Michael has been a long-time follower of the auto industry. Areas of interest for him include green and hybrid engineering, performance vehicles, the history of the auto industry, and general automotive news. When he is not working on content for AOL Autos, Michael enjoys playing hockey and golf, reading, writing, spending time with his friends and family, and traveling.

Adam Morath

Adam Morath

Multimedia Director, AOL Autos
Executive Producer, TRANSLOGIC

Adam Morath is the creator and Executive Producer of TRANSLOGIC, an award-winning transportation technology video series featured on AOL Autos. Before joining AOL, Adam created original videos and photography ... for Winding Road Magazine, an online publication then run by “the Dean of automotive journalism,” the late David E. Davis, Jr.

Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design, and is now seeking his MBA at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Adam is a native of metro-Detroit, residing in Grosse Pointe Park, Mi., with his wife and their dog. In his downtime, Adam enjoys sailing the Detroit River and rooting for his beloved Red Wings, Tigers and Wolverines. His most prized possession is his vintage Hasselblad medium-format camera.

Pete Bigelow

Pete Bigelow

Associate Editor, AOL Autos

Pete joined AOL Autos in January 2012 after working as an online reporter for Changing Gears, a public radio project that examined the reinvention of the Midwest economy. Prior to that, his roots were in sports journalism. A New Jersey native and 1998 graduate of Rutgers University, he covered the Denver Broncos for a newspaper in suburban Denver until 2006, when he moved east and handled Michigan Football coverage for The Ann Arbor News and AnnArbor.com

Not a gearhead by nature, he's nonetheless got some experience in the transportation industry - Pete is a licensed commercial pilot and one-time certified flight instructor. He actually admits to being a Cleveland Browns fan, and lives in Dexter, Mi., with his wife and three children.

Erin Marquis

Erin Marquis

Associate Editor, AOL Autos

Erin is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she majored in Electronic Media and minored in film. A life-long Detroit resident, Erin has grown up around cars her whole life and has a particular passion for classic cars. Previously, she work for General Motors and automotive supplier Continental AG, giving her an insider knowledge of how the industry operates. She got her start in journalism at Detroit's public radio station, where she covered politics and environmental issues. She was also content manager for the women's automotive and travel magazine Earth, Wind and Power. She's passionate about the transportation issues urban dwellers will face in the future. When not writing for AOL Autos, Erin writes about Detroit's booming arts and culture scene.

Stan Markuze

Stan Markuze

CEO, PartMyRide

Stan Markuze is an auto repair expert, and the founder of PartMyRide, the online marketplace for used auto parts. Stan has been restoring cars for over a decade and has experience with every aspect of auto repair, from basic maintenance to major body and mechanical repair. Maintaining a modern car can seem daunting, but Stan believes that every car owner should have a basic understanding of common maintenance issues. Whether you need new tires or you get into a fender bender, some basic knowledge can save you time and money.Stan started PartMyRide to help enthusiasts and professionals find used original auto parts. PartMyRide connects buyers with top-tier professional parts suppliers who offer the best quality parts at the most reasonable prices. PartMyRide offers quality used parts for all makes and models, and parts can be shipped nationwide.

Tara Baukus Mello

Tara Baukus Mello

Tara Baukus Mello is a full-time freelance automotive writer, who has been published regularly since 1987. Tara Baukus Mello is a full-time freelance automotive writer, who has been published regularly since 1987 in such publications as Autoweek, Woman's Day, Parade, Automotive News, Bankrate.com, The New York Times, and cNet.com, among others. She is also the author of ten non-fiction chapter books for children. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Tara graduated cum laude from Harvard University. She and her family reside in the Los Angeles area, where she enjoys cruising year-round in the '32 Ford street rod pickup that she built with her father. You can read more about Tara at SheDrives.com.

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