Jean Jennings
Author Bio
Jean Jennings

Jean Jennings

Editor in Chief

Jean Knows Cars is not just the name of this website; it's a true fact. I have been writing about cars and the car business for more than 30 years, having learned about cars at the kitchen table from my late father, Robert Lienert, who was the editor of Automotive News. At age eighteen, I 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, I got a job at Chrysler’s test track as a test driver, welder, and mechanic in the impact lab. In 1980, I was hired as a writer at Car and Driver magazine after getting laid off at Chrysler, and in 1985 I left to establish Automobile Magazine with David E. Davis, Jr. I was the magazine’s first Executive Editor, became Editor in Chief in 2000, and added the title of President of Automobile Magazine in 2006. I left the magazine to focus exclusively on my passion— I’ve been profiled in The New Yorker and have been a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, teaching Oprah and her studio audience how to change a tire and to jump a battery. I was Good Morning America’s automotive correspondent from 1994 to 2000 and then did the same thing for the Oxygen network. I have won awards for feature writing, car reviews, and my monthly Automobile Magazine column, “Vile Gossip,” including the 2007 Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism. I’m 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. In fact, I would almost call myself a TV slut, but I’m proud to say that I turned Geraldo down. All of this has taken place in a male-dominated automotive space, where I’m all too frequently the only woman in the room. I know the secret handshake, but is a place where you don’t have to. I live in the Michigan countryside with my husband, Tim, and the entire food chain. You’re going to get to know my driveway and my dogs really, really well. Just keep reading.

Recent Stories by jean jennings

2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang: Walkaround
How many Shelby Mustangs does this world need? One more. Design chief Moray Callum showed me.
2016 Mazda CX-3: Walkaround
A star is born. Design chief Derek Jenkins gives me the tour.
My Day at Winter Driving School
Still not sold on winter tires? Here’s why you should be.
2015 Chrysler 200
Design chief Ralph Gilles and his team kept Chrysler's great history alive, and here's the payoff.
The ABCs of Driving in Snow
What do ABS, ESC, AWD, and other tech do for you in the snow? I'm glad you asked.
Test Driving: Rules of Engagement
A reader asks: Do I really have to hand over my credit report to a dealer before I get a test drive?
Los Angeles Auto Show
A Favorite video story from our first year: walk with me (and Elaine) around the 2012 L.A. Show.
2014 Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar design chief Ian Callum offers a master class on the new Jaguar convertible.
Winter Driving: 3 Simple Tools for Emergencies
Three basic things you can carry in the car can make all the difference in the cold months.
My Trip to Fashion Week
At the intersection of cars and fashion is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
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