Top Automotive Journalists – The 2023 List

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When it comes to sharing your vehicle news, finding the right automotive journalists is crucial to helping you secure the maximum amount of coverage possible. The automotive world is a specialist subject, so ensuring you are sharing your news with the right people will help to guarantee that you are reaching the trendsetters and maximizing your brand awareness.  

However, finding the right journalists can be an incredibly challenging and time-consuming task. Having a solid media list will help you to quickly identify the most influential people within the industry. 

If you are looking to find the right automotive journalists for your news and build a unique media list, then Prowly is here to help. The in-depth Media Database has over one million media contacts for you to choose from.

Take a look at some of the most influential reporters found in Prowly’s Media Database:

The Best Automotive Journalists

Sharon Silke Carty, Editor-in-Chief at Car and Driver 

A veteran in the automotive industry, Sharon has had a varied career, having previously been leading the urban mobility and new technology sectors at Automotive News. Now leading the team at Car and Driver, she covers a wide range of automotive topics and has had an interest in all things four-wheeled from a young age, thanks to her father being a keen rally driver! 

As Editor, Sharon leads the content schedule for the magazine and the growing online website, and she regularly tweets about her work and the adventures she gets up to. 

Sharon Silke Carty - Top automotive journalits
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Zach Gale, Buyer’s Guide Director at MotorTrend

Zach has been fascinated by cars of all shapes and sizes since he was a boy. Honing his writing skills at the University of California, he began writing for the university magazine and on several motorcycling titles before moving to Motor Trend in 2007. 

Since then, he has worked his way through the company and now focuses on writing about the most practical and user-friendly vehicles possible. He also puts together the outlet’s regular Buyer’s Guides, so he is always seeking content for those. 

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Mack Hogan, Associate Editor at Road and Track

Now the Associate Editor of Road and Track, the third biggest automotive title in America, Mack Hogan covers everything to do with vehicles and car culture around the world. As a leading Automotive journalist, his career has seen him covering a wide range of topics, and his knowledge of all things four-wheeled is unsurpassed. 

Alongside his work at Road and Track, Mack also covers the automotive news for CNBC Digital, often covering new cars and reviews. Based in Brooklyn, he regularly tweets about the latest cars he is driving. 

Mack Hogan - Top automotive journalists
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Phil LeBeau, Reporter at CNBC

Phil is one of the primary automotive journalists for CNBC, acting as the outlet’s Auto and Airline Industry Correspondent. Starting his automotive career on the Lyons Township High School radio, he steadily progressed through the ranks and has produced a number of in-depth documentaries, including the 2014 Society of American Business Editors and Writers winning “Failure to Recall: Investigating GM”. 

Alongside covering the automotive news at CNBC, Phil is also the editor of the Behind The Wheel supplement too. With over 34,000 followers on Twitter, he regularly tweets about cars he is driving and important automotive industry news. 

Phil LeBeau - Top automotive journalists
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Jeff Gilbert, Auto Reporter at WWJ Newsradio 950 

Jeff is the Auto Reporter for WWJ Newsradio and typically covers the latest breaking automotive news, from major manufacturer recalls to industry-wide trends. Alongside covering the latest news, he does also cover vehicle reviews for the outlet. 

With a long history in the automotive industry, Jeff graduated from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1977, achieving a Communications degree with a focus on Journalism. After working across various stations, he joined WWJ in 1990.

Jeff Gilbert - Top automotive journalists
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Patrick George, Editorial Director at The Drive

New York-based automotive journalist Patrick George is the Editorial Director at The Drive and has previously worked at other leading titles, including Jalopnik and the Austin Statesman. He has also worked as an Executive Producer on the Car vs. America TV show. 

He covers a wide range of topics to do with the automotive industry, including testing the latest vehicles on the market, industry news, and unique in-depth projects.

Patrick George - Top automotive journalists
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