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Jean Jennings

Jean Jennings

President and Editor-in-Chief, Automobile Magazine
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Jean Jennings
Jean Jennings has been writing about cars and the car business for more than thirty years. She learned about cars at the kitchen table from her father Robert, the late editor of Automotive News. At the age of eighteen, she bought a used car, painted it yellow, installed a toplight and a meter, and joined the Yellow Cab Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as an owner/operator. Five years later, Jennings went to Chrysler’s test track where she worked as a test driver, welder, and mechanic in the impact lab. In 1980, she was hired as a writer at Car and Driver magazine when she was laid off her Chrysler job, and in 1985 she left to establish Automobile Magazine with David E. Davis, Jr., as its first executive editor. She became Editor-in-Chief in 2000 and added the title of President of Automobile Magazine in 2006.

Jennings has won awards for her feature writing, for her car reviews, and for her monthly Automobile Magazine column “Vile Gossip.” She was the recipient of the 2007 Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism. Jennings has the unique experience, sensibility, and personality to connect with women and to give them voice in the male-dominated automotive space. She was the subject of a Susan Orlean profile in the New Yorker, has appeared on numerous television news shows, has been on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and was Good Morning America’s automotive correspondent from 1994 to 2000.

She is currently a regular on-air contributor to Fox Business Network; CNBC’s Closing Bell, Squawk Box, Behind the Wheel, and Power Lunch; MSNBC; CBS This Morning and Evening News; and CNN’s American Morning and Headline News.

Jennings lives in the Michigan countryside with her husband, Tim, and the entire food chain.

articles by Jean Jennings

One Last Blast Of That Pesky Polar Vortex
Vile Gossip

One Last Blast Of That Pesky Polar Vortex

Spring is but a dream to us.
Apr 03, 2014
Watch Your Step
Vile Gossip

Watch Your Step

A cautionary auto-show tale.
Mar 27, 2014
2014 Acura MDX January Update
Long-Term Tests

2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD - Getting Acquainted

Our 2014 Acura MDX was in high demand last month.
Feb 12, 2014
Mary Barra Mark Reuss
Vile Gossip

You Call Them GM Lifers Like It’s a Bad Thing

It is true that I expected to see a woman president of the United States before I ever expected to see an automaker name a woman as CEO.
Dec 20, 2013
News & Rumors

First Woman CEO!

General Motors names Mary Barra to the top job. We're popping the champagne corks.
Dec 10, 2013
mazda miata
Vile Gossip

First Time's the AOY Charm: 1990 Mazda Miata

Among our twenty-five Automobiles of the Year, none has been more important to this magazine than our inaugural winner.
Nov 18, 2013
vile gossip
Vile Gossip

First Lady of Racing (and a whole lot more)

I have known Denise my entire life as an automotive journalist.
Nov 05, 2013
vile gossip
Vile Gossip

My Fantasy

A kid, some cars, your organs.
Oct 08, 2013
2014 rolls royce wraith
Road Tests

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Driven

The fastest, wildest Rolls-Royce yet.
Sep 17, 2013
vile gossip
Vile Gossip

It's Miller time!

Driving the dream. Almost.
Sep 03, 2013
vile gossip rolls royce wraith
Vile Gossip

Move the Wheel

Then send me one.
Aug 19, 2013
vile gossip
Vile Gossip

A Short Finish to a Very Long Race

My Cinquanta Miglia.
Jul 16, 2013
vile gossip
Vile Gossip

The Car Chase

Eternally fascinating to boys of all ages.
Jun 03, 2013
News & Rumors

2013 Mille Miglia: Epilogue

What the heck happened to Team 303 in Italy?
May 23, 2013
Jean Jennings Welding Gear
Vile Gossip

The Second-Best Job Ever

Being a crash-test dummy.
May 21, 2013
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