DETROIT -- Automotive News has added two editorial staff members.
Omari Gardner has joined Automotive News as a news/copy editor. Gardner, 37, comes from the Detroit Free Press, where he most recently was the chief of the copy desks.
During his 14 years there, he also was a copy editor, assistant business editor, digital news editor and print news editor. Previously, he was a copy editor at the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida.
Gardner is a Detroit native. He received a bachelor's degree in business from Baker College and an MBA from Wayne State University.
Shiraz Ahmed has joined Automotive News as a Web producer.
Ahmed, 22, worked with the Medill Justice Project at Northwestern University investigating a homicide conviction related to shaken-baby syndrome and reported on public policy issues for Free Press Houston. He produced graphics for Texas Monthly, GlobeMed and a variety of other institutions.
Ahmed is from Houston. He graduated from Northwestern with bachelor's degrees in journalism and international studies.
Both Gardner and Ahmed are based in Detroit.