• Feb 5, 2010
Dan Neil, an automotive journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2004 for his weekly column Rumble Seat in the Los Angeles Times, is reportedly leaving his job in Los Angeles to serve as the automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

Perhaps it bears mentioning that the LA Times killed off its Auto section back in the summer of 2008, though Neil's columns continued to appear in the Business section.

Mike Miller, Deputy Managing Editor for The Wall Street Journal, had this to say in an email message to WSJ's Bureau Chiefs:

Dan is the nation's preeminent car columnist, whose deep knowledge, wit, writerly flair and insight have made him must-reading for everyone who cares about cars and many who don't. He joins us from the Los Angeles Times, where his car reviews won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2004. Before that he worked at the Raleigh News & Observer and Car and Driver magazine, among other publications. He will start writing for us in print and online this spring.

[Source: Romenesko]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It might be worth mentioning that the LA times is free online and the Wall St Journal costs 2 bucks a week to read online.

      His best review is of the new Camaro

      http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/17/business/fi-neil17

      "I'm from North Carolina. A telephone pole with a Camaro wrapped around it might as well be the state tree."
      • 4 Years Ago
      The LA times has been irrelevant for years and is only useful at the bottom of a bird cage.... Good move.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't Neil the guy who mercilessly trashes domestic nameplates?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Big Mola: "Isn't Neil the guy who mercilessly trashes domestic nameplates?"

        If they deserve the criticism*, shouldn't he?

        (*I'm not weighing in on whether they do or don't since you didn't cite a specific instance, but your statement inferred that he shouldn't purely because they are domestic)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember his tussle with Bob Lutz.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Neil wrote a blistering (and the same time funny) column a few years ago about the Mitsubishi Lancer. That's the one I remember the most. He's very good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad to see the LA Times lose another great writer, but it's probably a good career move on Dan's part. I've always thought of him as the American Jeremy Clarkson. Hopefully, his writing won't lose its humor and creative analogies and he'll keep up his Pulitzer winning ways.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A big loss for the L.A. times. But the WSJ's gain. In the years I subscribed to the latter paper, I felt that their auto reviews generally weren't very good and often times riddled with errors about the cars they were reviewing
      • 4 Years Ago
      The WSJ has an automotive column? Cool.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dan rules. He makes me LOL AND he responds to emails when you have ideas!


        "The Audi A8's suspension is softer than pre-war intelligence." - DN
        • 4 Years Ago
        and now they have the naive journalist from who killed the electric car
        • 4 Years Ago
        The LA Times continues its long slide into media-crity ever since it was sold to Tribune a decade ago.

        Dan Neil was one of the few reasons to read the LAT. Now I will cancel my print subscription and read him on my WSJ print subscription.
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