Veteran business reporter Larry Vellequette joins Automotive News today as a staff reporter.
He will cover Chrysler Group along with vehicle technology and suppliers.
Vellequette takes over the Chrysler beat from Bradford Wernle, who is now covering Ford Motor Co. Jamie LaReau, who had covered Ford, will now cover dealers.
Vellequette, 44, was with The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, for more than 25 years. Since 2007, he had been a business and auto reporter for the newspaper, concentrating on General Motors and Chrysler, which have major operations in Toledo. He won the Best Business Profile category in the 2009 awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.
In his spare time, he enjoys helping family and friends buy autos. He lives in Lambertville, Mich., with his wife, son and daughter.