DETROIT - Staff Reporter Mark Rechtin and International Editor James R. Crate of Automotive News have received a 2001 Wheel Award for 'Fake Sales Mar Mitsubishi Total.' The article was published in the Sept. 18, 2000, edition of Automotive News.
Contest judges from the University of Nebraska's School of Journalism praised the work. It is an 'excellent investigation of dealer efforts to inflate sales figures,' the judges wrote in citing the piece for best reporting in a special interest publication. 'It explains the relevance and uncovers an attempted cover-up.'
Other Automotive News staffers also were honored in the ninth-annual competition.
Managing Editor David Versical accepted honors for 'A Day Inside the Global Automotive Industry,' a special edition published Oct. 18, 1999. That issue recorded the events of a single day in the life of the industry with specially commissioned photography from around the world.
News Editor Charles Child received an honorable mention for 'Plymouth Dies - A Good Move; Your Turn GM,' an editorial that told General Motors it should eliminate the Oldsmobile brand. The piece was published in the Nov. 15, 1999, edition of Automotive News, a full year before GM did just that.
Staff Reporter Gail Kachadourian took third place in the product review category for an article published in Automotive Industries magazine before she joined Automotive News.
Kachadourian and Industry Editor Dale Jewett, who also worked at Automotive Industries before joining Automotive News earlier this year, were part of a reporting team that received honorable mention for Internet reporting for that publication's Web site.
Other news organizations that won 2001 Wheel Awards were: Newsweek, The Detroit News, Chicago Tribune, WDIV-TV/NBC-TV Detroit, ABC News/'Good Morning America' and thecarconnection.com.
The awards, sponsored by the Detroit Press Club Foundation, were presented at a special ceremony during press days at the North American International Auto Show.