Expert Sources

The news bureau offers experts who can credibly address a wide range of topics:

  • Car shopping and automotive finance
  • Consumer insight and shopping behavior
  • Vehicle profiles
  • Automotive advertising and vehicle sales
  • Automotive classified industry
  • Online marketing's industry leaders are available to provide insight for your next story or to speak at your next event.

  • Patrick Olsen, Editor-in-Chief — Patrick heads the editorial team and covers a wide range of topics in the automotive industry, including industry news, analysis and consumer advice. Patrick has been a regular on local and national television programs to discuss everything from the Toyota recalls and the federal government's Cash for Clunkers program to original site content and analysis, including's American-Made Index.
  • Joe Wiesenfelder, Senior Editor — Joe joined in September 1997 as one of its first employees and has more than a decade of automotive journalism experience. From new-car reviews to expert advice on vehicle safety and green/fuel-related technologies, Joe has covered a wide range of automotive issues in his career at Joe has served as an automotive industry expert for countless newspaper articles and national television interviews. He frequently appears on national networks in response to breaking industry news.
  • David Thomas, Senior Editor — David is in charge of's consumer blog, KickingTires. He writes daily about the latest developments in the auto industry, with an eye to what is most important to car shoppers. He also oversees's website, which answers consumer questions about cars and the car-shopping process. Before coming to, he was online editor for MPH Magazine and one of the forerunners of commercial blogging when he launched and edited Autoblog in 2004.
  • Kristin Varela, Senior Editor/Chief Mom —Kristin is the Chief Mom at's family blog, is dedicated to providing women in general and mothers in particular with useful and entertaining new-car reviews. The site's innovative reviews are straightforward and casual, written by the mom-reviewers.

  • Attention Broadcast Producers:

    Broadcast news outlets will now have access to's expert editorial staff through's new live broadcast studio. has teamed up with VideoLink to install their Readycam® system at's corporate offices. The system offers live or taped interviews for your news broadcast, anytime.

    To book one of's editors for an interview, contact Ron Hall at (312) 601-5757 —, or Jackie Brennan at (312) 601-6229 — To book the shot, please contact VideoLink Operations at (617) 340-4300.

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Last updated on 12/6/04