"Automobile" editor to visit

By Website Administrator | Mar 12, 2004

The editor of the international magazine "Automobile" will be on Kettering's campus Thursday, April 22, to talk about jobs for women in nontraditional roles.

The editor of the international magazine "Automobile" will be on campus Thursday, April 22, to talk about jobs for women in nontraditional roles.

Jean Jennings, editor-in-chief, will speak in the Women's Resource Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. Reservations are required to attend and can be made by contacting Edith Withey, associate dean of Student Affairs, at (810) 762-9881. 

Jennings, 49, has been writing about cars and the car business for more than 20 years. Her automotive background began at the age of 18 when she bought a used car, painted it yellow, installed a top-light 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, Jennings was hired as a writer at "Car and Driver" magazine and in 1985 she co-founded "Automobile" magazine. In less than five years, "Automobile" magazine surpassed 500,000 circulation. The editorial office of "Automobile" magazine is in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jenning's journalistic career has taken her to the racetrack as a driver, to China on motorcycles, to Madagascar in Range Rovers, to Detroit's North American International Auto Show as a model, to the Baja 1000 with a Russian racing team and across the Alps in an MGB with Stirling Moss. She is also editor of an anthology of automotive literature, "Road Trips, Head Trips, and Other Car-Crazed Writings."

Jennings has won numerous awards for her feature writing, for her car reviews, and for her monthly column "Vile Gossip." Her automotive expertise is frequently sought by such television news shows as ABC's "Good Morning America," "Pure Oxygen," CNN's "American Morning," CNBC's "Power Lunch" and "Closing Bell," and CBS's "The Early Show." For more on "Automobile" magazine, visit: http://www.automobilemag.com/