Paul Lienert Joins Reuters

Reuters has named Paul Lienert its new Detroit bureau chief. Lienert has an extensive background in the automotive industry.

He has held various editorial positions for such publications as Automotive News, Autoweek, Road & Track, Motor Trend and Car and Driver. Lienert was also the auto columnist for the Detroit Free Press for 10 years and the Detroit News for 13 years.

See below for the memo from Jim Gaines, welcoming Lienert to Reuters.


I’m very pleased to announce that after a long search for someone to replace the irreplaceable Kevin Krolicki as Detroit bureau chief, we have found the perfect choice in Paul Lienert, a man who, at least in Detroit, needs no introduction.

The son of a journalist who spent 30 years at Automotive News, retiring as editor, Paul has devoted his entire career to coverage of the car business, at Crain’s, at the Detroit Free Press and for the last 25 years on his own—as  a syndicated columnist (“He Drove, She Drove,” with his wife Anita); as the author of books on the automobile industry in Russia, India and China; as the publisher of an industry newsletter; and as a frequent contributor to Along the way he earned an MBA from Michigan State and recently finished his doctoral dissertation at the UK’s Nottingham Business School (long story).

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Paul has a knowledge of the beat that is both broad and deep—from green technologies and the emerging markets of China and India to finance/M&A and design. We are very fortunate indeed to have someone with his background and talent to lead our coverage of Detroit.

Please join me in welcoming Paul to Reuters.