Real Times Media and Who’s Who Publishing recently announced that Warren Brown, one of the most respected and influential automotive journalists in the industry, will pen the introduction to “DRIVEN: A Tribute to African American Achievement in the Automotive Industry.” As a writer for The Washington Post, Brown has followed the automotive industry for more than three decades.
“Mr. Brown’s contribution to our newest Who’s Who automotive publication, DRIVEN, is invaluable,” said Hiram E. Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media. “His experience and insight into the automotive industry will go a long way in telling the story of the challenges and successes from an African-American perspective.”
Referring to himself as a “Louisiana boy who loves to write and talk,” Brown has written about automobiles all over the world; he has seen the impact African Americans have had on the industry.
“I was able to witness firsthand, the many contributions of black people to the automobile industry – the assembly line workers, engineers, designers, dealers, and suppliers,” said Brown. “I followed them and the industry around the world, where other people of color are writing new chapters of the story of the automobile.”
“DRIVEN,” a high-quality, coffee table book, will be a historical perspective of African-Americans in the auto industry and will highlight the industry’s economic impact on Detroit and the influence of the labor unions. It will also chronicle the history of African-American dealerships and celebrate those who achieved success from all aspects of vehicle production, including design, engineering, sales and marketing, manufacturing, suppliers, dealers and all areas in between.
“There is a grand tale to be told here,” said Brown, “and I’m extremely happy that Real Times Media and Who’s Who Publishing have selected me to pen the introduction.”
Brown served on the National Desk at The Washington Post, covering general assignment, urban affairs, race, labor and the automotive industry for 33 years. Today, he is a special correspondent for The Post, writing an automotive product review column, entitled, “On Wheels.” He also administers an auto industry online roundtable discussion, “Real Wheels” at the www.washingtonpost.com/cars. Brown is a regular contributor to CNN, NPR, Canadian Broadcasting, Co., and Channel 8 News in Washington, D.C. He also serves as a senior editor for Decisive Magazine, a national consumer magazine for people of color.
Brown is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans and received his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School in New York City. Added to his academic pedigree are fellowships at the Duke University School of Public Policy and The Wharton of School of Business.
He has won many awards, including the highest honor given for career excellence at The Washington Post, the Eugene Meyer Award. He also received Road and Travel Magazine’s Lifetime Legend Award in 2009
He is the co-author of “Black and White and Red All Over: The Story of a Friendship,” published in 2001.