Saturday, August 18, 2007

Renowned Automotive Writer Jim Mateja Signs on as Contributor to KickingTires Blog

Automotive writer Jim Mateja, renowned for his work at the Chicago Tribune, will become a regular contributor to's KickingTires blog, writing about industry issues, new models, trends and other issues.

"Jim has long been one of the most respected journalists in the business, and we are very excited to have someone with his credentials contributing to KickingTires," said managing editor Patrick Olsen. " has worked hard to build a complete editorial staff of automotive experts who provide consumers with the content they need to make a smart purchasing decision. We are delighted to have Jim working with us."

Mateja started at the Chicago Tribune on the business copy desk in 1967 and became the paper's automotive writer in 1970. His first review was of a Ford Pinto, which ran in the Tribune in 1971. He holds a degree in education with a major in English from Western Illinois University.

In addition to covering the automotive beat, Mateja launched a Sunday Transportation section devoted to all things motorized and KickingTires content is written by's team of unbiased automotive journalists. Jim Mateja's reviews and other stories can be viewed on KickingTires at

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