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.

Reilly Brennan

Reilly Brennan

Editor-in-Chief, AOL Autos

Reilly Brennan is the Editor-in-Chief for AOL Autos. An award-winning journalist, Brennan has been covering the automotive business for over 12 years, writing for Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine, Winding Road and Monocle among others. A Detroit native, his boyhood bedroom window was within earshot of the sonic blur of Woodward Avenue, the automotive artery of the city. Prior to joining AOL, Brennan was the general manager for NextScreen, an online media startup in Austin, Texas, where he managed the company's automotive business, including Winding Road. Prior to NextScreen he managed corporate communications projects at General Motors, including the group's NASCAR and Le Mans racing efforts. Despite its sales failure, he holds steadfast to his belief that the MKII Volkswagen Golf GTI was a high point in automotive achievement.

Jeff Sabatini

Jeff Sabatini

Managing Editor, AOL Autos

Jeff Sabatini has been writing about cars and covering the auto industry for over a decade. Before joining the AOL Autos staff, he served as the Wall Street Journal’s car critic, the managing editor of Sports Car Market magazine, and an associate editor at AutoWeek. For several years he was a freelance contributor to the New York Times, and has also written for Automotive News, Forbes and The Daily Beast.

Michael Zak

Michael Zak

Editor, AOL Autos

Michael Zak is an editor and writer 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.

Phil Berg

Phil Berg

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Phil Berg is a freelance journalist who has spent more than 28 years covering the auto world for many publications. His automotive articles have appeared in the U.S. in Popular Science, Maxim, Parade, Automotive News, Motor Trend, Sports Car International, The New York Times, Road & Track, and Corvette Quarterly as well as many newspapers and top websites. He served as a senior editor at Car and Driver for 10 years and eight years at AutoWeek. Despite having to list his profession as "automotive industry analyst" to get a Libyan visa while covering the Paris-Dakar rally, he considers himself a full-time journalist covering the world of autos.

Frank Filipponio

Frank Filipponio

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Allegedly conceived in a '64 GTO, Frank Filipponio was born into a car-loving family in the suburbs of Chicago in the same year that Porsche introduced the legendary 917. Surrounded by everything from Italian sportscars to American muscle in his youth, Frank earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois before moving to California in 1992. After years of attending, photographing and writing about automotive events around Southern California, Frank finally decided to make a career of it. Besides writing for Autoblog, Frank is a contibutor to several other automotive websites and print publications. His weekly photographic galleries from car shows, charity drives, concours and private photo shoots can be found at frank4cars.com.

Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Gary Hoffman has written about the auto industry for most of the last 30 years, primarily specializing in the purchasing and sales processes within dealerships. He has been editor of a magazine, Chevy PRO, for Chevrolet dealerships and the Ford employee newspaper, Ford World, and has written on automotive subjects for the French news agency, Agence France-Presse, the Detroit News and numerous other publications. Fluent in French and German, he has worked as a translator for major international news organizations, primarily on automotive subjects. He is also an adjunct journalism instructor at Wayne State University in Detroit, teaching investigative reporting, news management and publishing on the Internet.

Craig Howie

Craig Howie

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Craig Howie's auto writing is published at AOL.com, CNN.com and LATimes.com, and has been featured at ChicagoTribune.com, MiamiHerald.com, and Newsday.com. Previously, he was vehicles editor at LAsplash.com and production editor of the autos section of the national newspaper of his home country, The Scotsman. A long-time lover of American marques -- and value-packed motoring -- he drives a Jeep Patriot around Long Beach, Calif., but loves kicking up dust in his wife's Chevy Cobalt SS when she's not looking.

William Jeanes

William Jeanes

Editor-at-Large, AOL Autos

William Jeanes has been a recognized figure in the automotive world for nearly four decades. He was editor-in-chief at Car and Driver and later publisher of that magazine as well as Road & Track. His writings have appeared in a score of global automotive magazines and in Playboy, American Heritage, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Parade, AARP The Magazine, and Air & Space Smithsonian. His military history writings and book reviews have appeared in a number of scholarly journals. As a participant in the infamous Cannonball, he drove a 37-foot motor home from New York to Redondo Beach, California, in 45 hours and 36 minutes. Today he lives quietly in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

David Kiley

David Kiley

Correspondent, AOL Autos

David Kiley has been an award winning journalist covering the auto industry for more than two decades, writing for AOL Autos, BusinessWeek, USA Today and Automobile, Adweek and CNN. He is the author of two books: Getting The Bugs Out: The Rise, Fall and Comeback of Volkswagen in America (John Wiley & Sons 2001), and Driven: Inside BMW, The Most Admired Car Company in the World (John Wiley, 2004). He has been a frequent analyst on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR and PBS, commenting on the auto industry. Kiley is also recipient of the Ken Purdy Award, given to one journalist annually by the International Motor Press Association, for excellence in auto industry journalism. Kiley lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

Josh Max

Josh Max

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Josh Max is a Manhattan-based journalist who has tested and photographed every manner of 2-and-4-wheeled internal combustion vehicles since 2000. His plain-speaking New York-flavored "I love it/I hate it" reviews have appeared in the NY Daily News (over 1,000 articles) and his feature stories, hard news and first-person yarns have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Salon.com, Forbes.com and other major media. Max is also a performing musician, producer, arranger, singer and songwriter. www.JoshMax.com / www.TheMaxes.com

Tara Baukus Mello

Tara Baukus Mello

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Tara Baukus Mello is a full-time freelance automotive writer, who has been published regularly since 1987. With over 3,500 published articles, her work has appeared 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.

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Diego Rodriguez is a gearhead to the core. Trained as an engineer, he works at the design and innovation firm IDEO. He is also a professor at Stanford's d.school, where he teaches classes about technology, business, and entrepreneurship. His blog metacool has a passionate following among people who spend their lives trying to make a dent in the universe. If he's not tooling around Silicon Valley on a bike, you might spy him at the wheel of his first-generation BMW M Coupe, which represents everything he admires in a great car: distinctive aesthetics executed with gusto.

Jonathon Ramsey

Jonathon Ramsey

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Jonathon Ramsey is an international automotive correspondent. His work has appeared on AOL Autos and Autoblog.

Kevin Ransom

Kevin Ransom

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Kevin Ransom is a Detroit-area journalist who's been writing about cars and the auto industry for almost 20 years.During that time, Ransom's industry stories and car reviews have appeared in such publications as Automotive News, Adweek, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press special sections, Crain's Detroit Business, Metropolitan Detroit magazine and Heritage Newspapers.Presently, in addition to his work for AOL Autos, he is the Dateline Detroit columnist / auto reviewer for Middle East Car, and his reviews also appear in Total Sport magazine.

Additonally, Ransom has written for many of the carmaker's magazines, including Ford World, Ford Times, Ford Dealer World, Chrysler Quarterly, Chrysler Agenda, GM Encore, GM Today, MBUSA Connect (the Mercedes-Benz dealer magazine) and various magazines / websites produced by GMAC and AC-Delco.

In addition to his auto-industry coverage, Ransom has a "second career" as a music journalist: For nearly 20 years, he's been writing about rock, folk, blues, R&B, country, bluegrass, jazz and other styles for such publications as The Detroit News, Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, AnnArbor.com, the Ann Arbor News, the Dallas Morning News, Musician and Creem.

Dan Roth

Dan Roth

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Dan Roth has spent many years in the engine bay. He spent his youth immersed in shop manuals and the finest automotive journalism, which has shaped Dan into the autojourno he is today. Writing for AOL Autos, Autoblog.com, and Examiner.com, Dan also plys his weekday trade as a Video Producer/Editor in the Boston area. Dan and family can often be found junketing around the region in the latest automaker wares once the chores have been completed.

Rex Roy

Rex Roy

Editor-at-Large, AOL Autos

Rex Roy's career in automotive journalism literally began in the bushes, where as a teen he used to hide with his trusty Konica FS-1 35mm camera in hopes of catching spy photos of passing prototype cars. His images appeared on the pages of Car and Driver and other publications from the late 1970s through early 1980s. After a significant career in advertising, Roy returned to his journalistic roots in 2004, working with Edmunds Inside Line and other top automotive outlets. Roy currently supplies words and photographs to as many as ten outlets per month, including AOL, The New York Times, The Detroit News, The Chicago Sun Times, and WindingRoad.com.

Julie Roehm

Julie Roehm

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Julie Roehm is a marketing strategy consultant working with all industries and segments to provide strategic insight, planning and execution particularly in the areas of marketing, new media, insight and positioning. She was most recently the Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications for Wal-Mart Stores. Prior to this, Julie was the Global Director of Marketing Communications for Chrysler Group, responsible for all branded marketing for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands. Her responsibilities included marketing strategy, media, creative, interactive, loyalty management, CRM, auto shows, sponsorships, merchandising and licensing, and dealer advertising. Today she owns her own marketing consultancy firm, /Meta and contributes to Fox Business on a regular basis. http://juliearoehm.com

Michael Royce

Michael Royce

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Michael Royce is an outspoken consumer advocate and writer. Michael's expertise results from his many years of experience and education as a car salesman in Southern California where he sold several million dollars worth of cars and trucks and earned numerous dealership honors. Today, Michael is dedicated to helping car buyers become better and smarter consumers. He is the creator and editor of the popular BeatTheCarSalesman.com website - and has been interviewed on over 100 radio programs as well as in dozens of national and regional magazines and newspapers.

Kirk Seaman

Kirk Seaman

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Kirk Seaman was born shortly after his mother had finished helping his father install a Hurst floor shifter in the family’s ’55 Chevy. He has been a lifelong enthusiast ever since -- and his past ownership of a 1967 Triumph Spitfire proves it. He celebrated his matriculation from the University of Michigan by buying a 1989 Mazda 323 GTX new off the showroom floor. For the last twenty years, he has publicly documented his pathology in media outlets such as Automobile Magazine, Corvette Quarterly, The New York Times, Winding Road, and, in the United Kingdom, CAR magazine.

David Sedgwick

David Sedgwick

Correspondent, AOL Autos

David Sedgwick is an award-winning automotive journalist who has written about the industry for the past 20 years. From 1989 through 1995, Sedgwick covered the Big 3 automakers as a reporter for the Detroit News. In 1995, he joined Automotive News and held a variety of reporting and editing positions. As editor of Automotive News International, he covered industry events on four continents. In 2009, he joined Autobeat Daily as editor of its European newsletter. Sedgwick resides in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Terry Shea

Terry Shea

Correspondent, AOL Autos

Terry Shea has spent most of the last 20 years in the media business, splitting his time between sports media and automotive journalism. He covers all areas of the automotive world, from new car reviews to racing to vintage automobiles to car shows and industry analysis. Despite his love for classic cars, he is convinced that we are living in a new golden age of the automobile where performance, safety and technology are available to the common man like never before. A life long car "nut," his stories and photographs have been published in dozens of magazines and web sites.

Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen

Maintenance Editor, AOL Autos

Tom Torbjornsen is an automotive expert of 37 years and has been in automotive talk radio for 20 years. An automotive journalist in good standing with the IMPA (International Motor Press Association) and the MPG (Motor Press Guild), Torbjornsen is a major contributor to AOL Autos, Edmunds, CNN and many other websites, he also writes for several newspapers across the country. His first book, How To Make Your Car Last Forever was released in Oct of 2010. Torbjornsen is the auto expert of record for Channel 4 WIVB TV, Western New York's CBS affiliate. Hear his radio show, America’s Car Show with Tom Torbjornsen, on the SSI Radio Network, Saturdays at Noon EST and on the Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel - Stars Too -- Sirius 108 and XM 139; Sunday afternoons at 5PM EST. Send your car questions to his website at: www.americascarshow.com.

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