For more than three decades, journalism has furnished Jeff with a fascinating ringside seat to history, milestone events and human condition.
These days, you’ll find this award-winning journalist in the driver’s seat where his plate (and garage) is full reporting on all things autos. Jeff’s work appears regularly in the Houston Chronicle and Prime Living magazine and is a contributor to the trade publications Automotive News and Tire Business.
Jeff has reported and photographed stories for wire services, newspapers, magazines and broadcast. He’s covered natural disasters, crime, health policy, medical technology and ethics, culture, and politics. At the Los Angeles Times he shared a Pulitzer Prize for team coverage of the Northridge earthquake. As a contributor to the New York Times, Jeff covered stories like the Columbia space shuttle disaster, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the lurid murder trial of millionaire Robert Durst.
In 2002, the native Californian changed lanes, embarking on his Texas adventure and the transition from hard news to the auto beat.
Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University Long Beach, where he trained under top-flight working professionals. He simultaneously earned an academic certificate in Asian Studies.
As a Kiplinger Fellow, a midcareer program at Ohio State University, he earned a master’s degree in journalism and produced a public television documentary on a Superfund site cleanup, interviewed Paul Tibbets, pilot of the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and was one of the first reporters permitted inside American Honda’s then-new and hush-hush plant in Marysville, near Columbus.
Taking a page from early mentors, Jeff taught reporting, editing and newswriting at Cal State Northridge while a staffer at the L.A. Times. He has been a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Environmental Journalists, National Press Photographers Association and Asian American Journalists Association. Jeff was a director of the Texas Auto Writers Association from 2011 through 2014.
Jeff, his wife and their hybrid dachsador (dachshund+Labrador) live in the Houston area.