After 40 years of covering all aspects of the auto industry as a reporter, columnist, commentator and editor, Executive Editor Edward Lapham will retire at the end of June.
"It has been an unbelievable run," Lapham says. "I've met more interesting people, been more places and been a part of more epic stories than I ever imagined possible when I got into this business -- back when Richard Nixon was president."
Lapham, who will be 65 in July, began his career at Ward's Automotive Reports in 1972. He joined Automotive News in January 1977 as the financial editor and has had several positions, including serving as the newspaper's top editor and managing news operations for a decade.
In recent years Lapham has done a quirky and popular end-of-show commentary on Friday afternoon broadcasts of "AutoNews Now."
He also was a financial correspondent for Reuters; has contributed to several publications, including The Times of London and the International Herald Tribune; and has been honored with several awards for reporting and opinion writing.
Lapham is a founding board member of the Automotive Press Association and an original juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He served two terms as president of the Detroit Press Club.
"Automotive News and the great industry we cover have been an important part of my life," says Lapham.
"It has been a great ride."