Veteran auto journalist David Phillips has joined Automotive News Online as deputy managing editor, while reporters Kathy Jackson and Robert Sherefkin have retired from the newspaper.
Phillips, 46, will contribute to the paper's expanding Web operations, which feature around-the-clock breaking news, newsletters, blogs and the "First Shift" and "Automotive News TV" daily newscasts.
He has spent most of his career at The Detroit News, where he covered Chrysler and General Motors as a reporter. From 2000 through 2006, he was the paper's automotive editor.
Phillips has a journalism degree from Indiana University and is a former business writer and editor for the Kokomo Tribune in Kokomo, Ind.
Jackson, 60, spent 21 years with Automotive News in a variety of reporting positions.
Her beats included GM, Chrysler, Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen/Audi and labor before she moved from Detroit to Los Angeles in 2003 to cover Asian brand companies.
She also was editor of Automotive Marketer, a sister publication of Automotive News, from 1999 to 2001.
Before joining Automotive News, Jackson was a reporter for Crain's Detroit Business, also published by Crain Communications Inc.
She started her career at radio station WXYZ in Detroit.
Sherefkin, 63, was instrumental in establishing Automotive News' bench-mark coverage of auto parts suppliers and purchasing issues.
He came to the paper in 1998 from Crain's Detroit Business.
Before joining Crain's, he reported on banking affairs for daily newspapers.