Chicago—April 9, 2010—Broadcast news outlets will now have access to Cars.com's expert editorial staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Cars.com's new live broadcast studio.
Cars.com, which is owned by the Tribune Company, Washington Post Company, Gannett Co., Inc. Belo and The McClatchy Company, has an extensive editorial team that can offer unbiased, expert perspective on the automotive industry. Areas of expertise include, breaking automotive industry news, automotive business analysis, alternative fuels/drivetrains, consumer buying intent and demand, perspective on new car models, automotive technology, car shopping advice, car selling advice, family cars and more.
Cars.com has teamed up with VideoLink to install their Readycam® system at Cars.com's corporate offices. The system offers live or taped interviews for your news broadcast, anytime.
Editorial experts at Cars.com that are available for interview include:
Patrick Olsen -- Editor in Chief -- Patrick heads the Cars.com editorial team and covers a wide range of topics in the automotive industry including industry news, analysis and consumer advice. Patrick has been a regular on local and national television programs to discuss everything from the recent Toyota recall news and the government's Cash 4 Clunkers program, to original Cars.com site content and analysis including the Cars.com American Made Index.
Joe Wiesenfelder -- Senior Editor -- Joe joined Cars.com in September 1997 as one of its first employees and has more than a decade of automotive journalism experience. Since he joined Cars.com he has been an integral part of the editorial staff, from new car reviews to expert advice on vehicle safety and green/fuel related technologies, Joe has covered a wide range of automotive issues in his career. Joe has served as an expert automotive resource for countless newspaper and national television interviews. He frequently appears on national networks in response to breaking industry news.
David Thomas -- Senior Editor -- David is in charge of Cars.com's consumer blog KickingTires, where he writes daily about the latest developments in the auto industry with an eye to what is most important to car shoppers. He also oversees Cars.com's Ask.Cars.com web site, where he and the team answer consumer questions about cars and the car shopping process. Before coming to Cars.com he was online editor for MPH Magazine, and was one of the forerunners of commercial blogging when he launched and edited Autoblog in 2004.
Kristin Varela* -- Senior Editor/Chief Mom -- Kristin is the Chief Mom at Cars.com's blog Mother Proof. Mother Proof is dedicated to providing women in general and mothers in particular with useful and entertaining new-car reviews. The site's innovative reviews are straightforward and casual, written by the Mother Proof mom-reviewers from one woman to another.
To book one of Cars.com's editors for an interview, contact Steve Nolan at (312) 601-5163 -- firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jackie Brennan at (312) 601-6229 -- email@example.com. To book the shot please contact VideoLink Operations at (617) 340-4300.
*Interviews with Kristin must be booked well in advance
Cars.com is the leading destination for online car shoppers, offering credible, easy-to-understand information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. With comprehensive pricing information, side-by-side comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and a large selection of new- and used-car inventory, Cars.com puts millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including Belo (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).