Jamie Kitman, a lawyer and rock band manager, contributed to Automobile Magazine in its first year, when its editor bought a story he'd swritten while in law school, about attending a Volvo market research session in Boston. "Earn $75 if you thought about buying a Volvo and didn't" the classified ad that changed his life read. After several years freelancing, he became a columnist for Automobile Magazine in 1991 and has now written more than 200 columns as well as numerous features for the periodical, in the process becoming its New York Bureau Chief. In 2009, Kitman won a National Magazine Award, the "Ellie," for three columns on the collapse of Detroit, marking the first time a car magazine had ever won an NMA. Earlier, he won the IRE Medal for Investigative Magazine Reporting for his in-depth review of the history of leaded gasoline for The Nation, a subject about which he is writing a book for Simon & Schuster, as well as several other IAMA awards. A frequent contributor to GQ, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs and other publications, he writes blogs for NPR's Car Talk and Yahoo! The father of three children, (one of whom is named Ellie,) Kitman's musical clients, as president of The Hornblow Group USA, include OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Doughty, Mike Viola, Moon Hooch and Vandaveer. Former clients have included Violent Femmes, The La's, Meat Puppets, Pere Ubu, Edwyn Collins, Beautiful South, Trashcan Sinatras and Yo La Tengo. He lives in a rivertown not far from Manhattan, where he keeps company with, yes, you read it right, thirty old cars.
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