Keith Crain, who in 43 years at the helm of Automotive News has grilled hundreds of top executives, broken some of the industry's biggest stories and served as one of its toughest critics and strongest supporters, has been elected to the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Crain's achievements range from breaking the news of Lee Iacocca's firing by Henry Ford II in 1978 to his pivotal role in creating the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 1989.
He continues to occupy a place at the center of the industry. His incisive one-on-one interview with outgoing General Motors CEO Dan Akerson at the Automotive News World Congress in January was widely covered and highly praised.
Crain moved to Detroit to become publisher and editorial director of Automotive News in 1971, when the then-46-year-old paper was purchased by Crain Communications Inc. He is now chairman of Crain Communications and editor-in-chief of Automotive News.
At Automotive News he has lived by the creed: "We are the industry's biggest supporter and severest critic."
Crain will join Volkswagen AG Chairman Ferdinand Piech, customer satisfaction pioneer J.D. Power III and the late Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg designer Alex Tremulis as 2014 inductees into the Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich. They will be honored at the annual induction ceremony on July 24.