Lane Changes: November-December 2010

Geri Tucker becomes the new editor in charge of auto coverage for USA Today on Nov.15. New to the auto world, she has been playing “catch up” the past weeks before stepping in to coordinate the work of Jim Healey, Fred Meier and Chris Woodyard. Tucker can be reached at gtucker@usatoday.com. . . . Suzuki Product PR Manager David Boldt has returned to Texas and auto journalism as a freelancer based in Duncanville where he will write for AutoTrader.com and others with a specific focus on trucks and the truck industry. Telephone him at: 562-458-5877 or email him at djboldt@sbcglobal.netdjboldt@sbcglobal.net . . . Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Jeff Holland has been promoted to Associate Director of Public Relations and Social Media for Suzuki. He will continue to manage the company’s PR portfolio and adds social media initiatives and digital promotions.

Deepa Seetharaman has transferred from Reuters’ New York bureau to its Detroit Bureau to helpcover the auto industry: dseetharaman@thomsonfreuters.com  . . .Tony Heugel who compiles back country travel guides from his Idaho digs has a new email: tahuegel@gmail.com . . . So does Bruno Bornino, a long time auto writer for the Cleveland Sun Newspapers: bornino581@roadrunner.com  . . . Diane Tierney replaced Michael Goetz. as World of Wheels editor in Oakville, Ontario. She can be reached at: Dtierney@metroland.com 

David Cohen’s new email address is: david@pinkmagazine . . . Lima, Ohio’s “Mr. Wheels” talk show host at 1150 a.m. radio, Tom Grothous, can be emailed at: trgotat@unoh.edu . . . Phil Howell, editor-in-chief of 4Wheel Drive and Sport Utility has moved back to Utah’s Dixie region. His emails remain the same but his phone is new: 435-635-5335. . . . . Car technology is in the sizeable portfolio handed Jeff Jones upon his return to Penton Media IT Group as an industry news analyst. He has the same task for all Penton publications.