Today marks a big moment in the history of Autoblog as we welcome back one of our own. Chris Paukert has returned to become Executive Editor of Autoblog after having left us back in 2006 to join Winding Road. Chris joins me (Editor-in-Chief) and Damon Lavrinc (Road Test Editor) as the third member of our full-time staff and 15th member of the larger team of dedicated bloggers that work 24/7 to share our passion of autos with you.

While he has spent nearly his entire career in web publishing, Chris returns to Autoblog with experience gleaned from working with some of the print world's greatest automotive editors, including industry giants like William Jeanes (Car and Driver), Jim McCraw (Hot Rod, Motor Trend) and Brock Yates (Car and Driver). After being mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., (dubbed "The Dean of Automotive Journalists" by Time Magazine), he succeeded him as Editor-In-Chief of Winding Road.

Prior to becoming a full-time automotive journalist, Chris also cut his teeth in other areas of the media, including stints in television news production (NBC affiliate WILX-TV 10) and as the tour publicist for the audiophile record label Telarc International.

UPDATE: Chris Paukert and I are taping an episode of Autoline Detroit with John McElroy today and immediately following at 1PM EST we'll be doing a special live streaming webcast during which you can contribute questions and comments to our conversation. Keep an eye out after lunch for the streaming player we'll publish on the main page at 1PM EST.

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