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2004 Awards Jury - ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine judges for top 10 most likely to succeed auto awards
Caldwell is one of the leading pioneers in women's automotive media, having founded ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine in 1989 after recognizing a major void in communication in the growing women's automotive market. The goal of RTM is to provide content for upscale rofessional consumers with a slant towards women, on automotive and travel related issues from which they can make informed and intelligent decisions about purchasing a new car, traveling, and personal safety on the road.  [E-mail]

When women sportswriters were rare, McCluggage was on the staff of the New York Herald Tribune covering primarily skiing and motor racing. She was known for doing what she wrote about whether it was skiing, racing or jumping our of airplanes (always with a parachute.) She was involved at the inception of Competition Press (now AutoWeek) for which she is a columnist and senior-contributing editor.  Denise is the recipient of the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, the Dean Bachelor Life Time Achievement Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Media Association. She is the author of a number of books.  [E-mail]


Gross has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years. He's the automotive editor for Playboy and Hemisphere and is a frequent contributor to The Robb Report,, Automotive Industries, Street Rodder, Hop Up, Hemmings Rods & Performance, and The Rodders' Journal. Ken served as Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for five years. A Pebble Beach Concours Judge for 14 years, he also judges at major automotive events such as Amelia Island and Meadow Brook Hall. He is the Chairman of the Meguiar's Award which annually chooses the Person of the Year for the Collector Car Hobby.


An award-winning journalist, Job was the first female national auto writer for The Associated Press and was among the first women to cover the auto beat in Detroit in the early 1980s. Ann won a United Press International spot news reporting award for her coverage of General Motors Corp.'s then-new Saturn auto company in 1985, and she won the Ken W. Purdy Award in 1987 for excellence in automotive journalism for her work on an investigative series about sudden acceleration. She served as Consumer Editor at Microsoft's MSN Carpoint web site and is currently the AP's test driver of new vehicles.


Brown has been an automotive columnist for The Washington Post since 1982. He writes On Wheels (product review); Overdrive ( industry analysis); Real Wheels ( weekly auto chat); Warren Brown (industry commentary, African-Americans on Wheels Magazine, carried by the Post and other urban newspapers); and is an occasional contributor to CNN.


Bob Plunkett is a veteran auto reporter whose articles have appeared in industry and consumer magazines for 25 years. He currently produces weekly syndicated automotive reports in more than 100 newspapers across the US. An adventurer, Plunkett has raced cars, scaled mountains, dived with sharks and ran across entire countries to research articles. For the decade of the '80s he reported on automotive subjects for an Arkansas newspaper, and during this time wrote speeches for a young Arkansas governor, Bill Clinton. Today, Plunkett still writes from his Arkansas home, but still crisscrosses the globe to drive new cars.


McElroy, of Blue Sky Productions, is an automotive journalist and lecturer. His past experience includes Detroit Editor for Road & Track and Editorial Director for Automotive Industries. He has five daily radio reports on WWJ Newsradio 950 AM in Detroit and two weekly television programs on Detroit Public TV. He serves on the board of the Society of Automotive Analysts, and on the steering committee of the North American Car and Truck of the Year.


Somehow Law went from studying theatre arts in university to traveling the world following the automotive business. Along the way he wrote just about every type of story there is to write and even had a mystery novel published by St. Martin's Press in the mid-80s. Now he spends 250 days a year on the road "pursuing automotive truth and beauty" on behalf of Automotive World magazine in London, and as a contributer to  MPH Magazine.


Jensen is a free-lance writer who specializes in auto industry topics and whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Better Homes and Gardens, AutoWeek Automotive Industries and Car and Driver.
In 1996, she was the first American woman to finish the Dakar Rally, often described as the world's toughest race. [E-mail]


Siler is an automotive journalist and consultant. He is currently RTM's national auto buyer's guide editor. A lifelong car enthusiast, Steve pursued automotive design in his early college years until realizing that his knowledge and passion for cars might best be served as a writer. Siler is a decorated graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and has been a staff member of RTM since 1995. Siler’s work can also be found in Automobile Magazine, Consumer Review, Hero Magazine,, and western newspapers.     


Currently serving as L.A. Bureau Reporter for Automotive News, Jackson has worked for the reputable publication since 1989. During her tenure at Automotive News, Jackson was also an editor for Automotive News Marketing and spent almost ten years covering Ford, Chrysler, VW, General Motors and Audi of America. Jackson received her M.S. (in Education) and her B.S. (in Journalism) at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.


Killeen was the editor for ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine magazine from 1995-1998. She honed her driving skills on a nine-year ride with Motor Trend Magazine, the classy, but made-for-man, buff book on cars. Known as one of the most knowledgeable women road test editors in America, readers can count on honest and accurate information about any vehicle she reviews. B.J. is president of Motor Mouth Productions and gives weekly automotive reports on a Los Angeles radio show.

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