The Jurors

The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Jurors

Our automotive awards are unique because — instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio or television station — they are given by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Each year this unbiased jury of 50 expert print and broadcast journalists combine centuries of discerning experience to determine the winners of the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.

NACTOY Board of Directors

Gary Witzenburg NACTOY president headshot

Gary Witzenburg

President
Contributing Editor, Kelley Blue Book, Collectible Automobile, WardsAuto, Vintage Motorsport, SAE Automotive Engineering, Dbusiness, The Star, caranddriver.com, Autotrader, and HOUR Detroit

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Jack R. Nerad

Vice President
Writer, Editor, Radio Host,
AutoByTel, Car.com, usedcars.com, jdpower.com, forbes.com, drivingtoday.com, America on the Road/SportsMap Radio Network, Truecar.com

 

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Nicole Wakelin

Secretary
Freelance,
Kelley Blue Book, Autobytel, TrueCar, Roadshow by CNET, Forbes Wheels, Wheel Bearings Podcast

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Jeff Gilbert

Treasurer
Auto Reporter,
WWJ Newsradio 950, CBS Radio Network

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Karl Brauer

Membership Chair
Forbes Autos Contributor, Executive Analyst, iSeeCars.com

 

The Jury

Brian Armstead NACTOY juror

Brian Armstead

Editor in Chief, Treads Magazine
Segment host, YouAutoKnow-KCBQ AM/FM
Contributor, ForbesWheels.com, WAOK Atlanta, ThePursuitist.com, DriveLatino.com, TheDetroitBureau.com, TravelingDad.com, WTOP.com
Kirk Bell NACTOY Vice President

Kirk Bell

Senior Editor, Motor Authority, The Car Connection, Green Car Reports

Paul Brian NACTOY Juror

Paul Brian

Freelance, ABC Owned & Operated Stations Contributor, HisTurn-HerTurn YouTube Channel, China Global TV contributor, classiccars.com

Lindsay Brooke NACTOY Juror

Lindsay Brooke

Editor-in-Chief, SAE International's Automotive Engineering and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazines

Dan Carney NACTOY Juror

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Jill Ciminillo NACTOY juror

Jill Ciminillo

Managing Editor, Pickup Truck + SUV Talk website & YouTube; Co-Host, Consumer Guide Automotive Car Stuff Podcast and radio show; Co-Host, Pickup Truck + SUV Talk Podcast; Contributor, Capital One, A Girls Guide to Cars, Drive Chicago

John Davis NACTOY Juror

John Davis

Managing Director/Host, MotorWeek

Jamie Page Deaton NACTOY Juror

Jamie Page Deaton

Editor in Chief, Car Talk

Matt DeLorenzo NACTOY Juror

Matt DeLorenzo

Freelance, autoevolution.com

Doug DeMuro NACTOY juror

Doug DeMuro

Creator, Doug DeMuro YouTube Channel

Denis Duquet NACTOY Juror

Denis Duquet

Automobile Journalist, derrierelevolant.net, 91.9FM, HOMME Magazine, Auto123

Paul Eisenstein NACTOY Juror

Paul Eisenstein

Publisher, Editor, TheDetroitBureau.com, NBCNews, Forbes Wheels, Cigar Aficionado, AutoWise, D:Business, various public radio outlets, BBC, the Detroiter, Cox Automotive outlets

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Lauren Fix

Contributor, Car Coach Reports, NewsMax, Daily Flash TV, LOCAL Now News, WBEN / GCN Syndicated Radio, Weather Channel, Total Car Score Podcast Co-Host

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Gabriel Gélinas

Journalist, Le Guide de l’Auto, The Car Guide, QUB Radio Network, TVA, LCN, CTV, CBC, Global TV (Canada), Radio-Canada

Antuan Goodwin

Antuan Goodwin

Automotive Reviews Editor, CNET Cars

Ken Gross NACTOY Juror

Ken Gross

Contributing Editor, Collier Auto Media

Bengt Halvorson NACTOY Juror

Bengt Halvorson

Senior Editor, Internet Brands Automotive, Green Car Reports, Motor Authority, The Car Connection

Michael Harley NACTOY juror

Michael Harley

Freelance, Forbes, Robb Report, J.D. Power, Capital One

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John Pearley Huffman

Senior Editor, Road & Track

Antoine Joubert NACTOY Juror

Antoine Joubert

Journalist, Le Guide de l'Auto/Quebecor Media

Marc Lachapelle NACTOY

Marc Lachapelle

Journalist, Le Guide de l'auto, The Car Guide, Autofile

Jodi Lai NACTOY Juror

Jodi Lai

Editor-in-Chief, AutoTrader

John McElroy NACTOY Juror

John McElroy

Editorial Director, Autoline

Sue Mead NACTOY Juror

Sue Mead

Automotivemap.com, Land Report, TREAD, Dave Stall's Radio (The Answer, You Auto Know)

Javier Mota NACTOY Juror

Javier Mota

Features Editor, OurAutoexpert.com, SoloDinero.com, Total Score Podcast, Autos 0-60, Impremedia, NBC Telemundo, CNN Español

Greg Migliore NACTOY Juror

Greg Migliore

Editor-in-Chief, Autoblog

Joann Muller NACTOY Juror

Joann Muller

Transportation Correspondent, Axios

Marty Padgett NACTOY Juror

Marty Padgett

Editorial Director, The Car Connection

Chis Paukert NACTOY Vice President

Chris Paukert

Freelance

Henry Payne NACTOY Juror

Henry Payne

Auto Columnist, The Detroit News, Radio Host, 910 AM Car Radio Show

Mark Phlean NACTOY Juror

Mark Phelan

Auto Critic & Columnist, Detroit Free Press

Tony Quiroga NACTOY Juror

Tony Quiroga

Editor-in-Chief, Car and Driver

Ron Sessions NACTOY Juror

Ron Sessions

Content Contributor, jdpower.com, autobytel.com, KBB.com, truecar.com

Jeremy Sinek NACTOY Juror

Jeremy Sinek

Freelance, Globe and Mail, Automotive News Canada

Steven Cole Smith NACTOY Juror

Steven Cole Smith

Special Projects Editor, Hagerty, Contributing Editor, Classic Motorsports, Grassroots Motorsports

Ben Stewart NACTOY Juror

Ben Stewart

Freelance, The Drive, KBB, TrueCar, 4WP/TheDirt

NACTOY Juror Mark Takahashi

Mark Takahashi

Freelance

Richard Truett NACTOY Juror

Richard Truett

Engineering Reporter, Automotive News

Lawrence Ulrich NACTOY Juror

Lawrence Ulrich

Founder, Word Factory Inc Freelance, The New York Times, Road and Track, Car and Driver, Autoblog, IEEE Spectrum and Forbes Wheels

Gary Vasilash NACTOY Board

Gary Vasilash

Editor-in-Chief, On Automotive, Autoline After Hours

John Voelker NACTOY Juror

John Voelcker

Auto Reporter and Analyst, Car and Driver, The Drive, Forbes Wheels, Motor Authority, Charged EVs

Al Vazquez NACTOY Juror

Al Vazquez

YouTube Producer, GTR Productions

Basem Wasef NACTOY Juror

Basem Wasef

Journalist, Freelance for various outlets

Leslie Wimbush NACTOY Juror

Lesley Wimbush

Journalist, AutoTrader.ca, Wheels.ca

Drew Winter NACTOY Juror

Drew Winter

Principal Analyst - Cockpit of the Future, Wards Intelligence, WardsAuto.com

WE’RE INDEPENDENT

The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards are determined by an independent and diverse group of jurors from all across North America. Read our Juror Code of Ethics

WE’RE PASSIONATE

Jurors attend launch programs for each eligible vehicle and/or receive vehicle loans, then test drive them again during a three-day, back-to-back comparison held in October for side-by-side evaluations.

WE’RE UNIQUE

Initiated in 1994, the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards are the longest-running award not associated with a specific publication.