The KBB.com editorial staff drives every new model and a couple hundred carryover models every single year. We then turn all that seat time into insightful written and video content created first and foremost for car shoppers.
Here are some of the names behind the reviews and advice at KBB.com:
Karl Brauer | Executive Publisher
With two older brothers, both of whom were car geeks and talented mechanics, there was no escaping the influence of the automobile from my earliest memories. But while my brothers liked to work on cars I preferred driving them. I also enjoyed writing about and photographing American muscle cars before I had a license. Despite this background the concept of being an automotive journalist never struck me until I was out of college — at which point the passion hit like a ton of bricks. A combination of tenacity and luck landed me the editorial assistant job at Hot Rod magazine, and a mere 24 years later I’m fortunate enough to lead the talented content teams at Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book.
Jason Allan | Publisher
I grew up a few miles from Kelley Blue Book's Irvine offices and smack dab in the middle of Southern California car culture. I've always been more interested in attainably priced modern cars than classics or supercars, and I love helping friends, family and KBB.com visitors choose the right one. As a fan of driving feel, bang for the buck and our local weather, my all-time favorites include the VW GTI, Mazda MX-5 and Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman, but I'm more likely to recommend a Honda Accord. Before joining Kelley Blue Book in 2004, I studied journalism, advertising and marketing at San Diego State University, and later spent time in the Lincoln Mercury marketing department and at a small ad agency.
Michael Harley | Executive Editor
Obsessed with all things automotive, I’m a car guy to the core. While my early business background was in importing/exporting, my automotive journalism career began with regular contributions to several Southern California car club publications. The exposure earned me a writing gig at J.D. Power and Associates, in 2006, which was my first official industry job. Seeking more excitement, I left to pursue the West Coast Editor position at Autoblog, a position that landed me seat time in some of the world’s fastest vehicles. During the next six years, I exhaustively covered the industry while freelancing for publications including European Car, Excellence and Panorama magazines. I also found the time to write a book about Singer Vehicle Design. In 2016, I made the jump to Kelley Blue Book, eager to join a team equally as infatuated with automobiles as I am.
Matt DeLorenzo | Senior Managing Editor
My love for cars actually grew out of figuring out how to keep them running. From fixing my dad's cars to changing a clutch on my car in the parking lot at college during the winter, I learned a lot about what makes them tick, but I never figured that I could make a living writing about them. My first job was a reporter at the Peoria Journal Star in Peoria, Illinois, but I moved to California to work at an automotive fleet trade journal. I moved on to Automotive News, where I worked in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and finally Detroit, where I lived for nearly 20 years as editor of AutoWeek and Detroit editor for Road & Track. I finally returned to California in 2007 and after a brief stint as editor-in-chief, freelanced before landing at KBB as the managing editor of news. Along the way, I've written several books on various cars including the Mustang and Corvette, a history of the American auto industry and a 100th anniversary book on Dodge.
Richard Homan | Senior Vehicle Evaluation Editor
If it weren't for cars, I'd be writing about music. Fortunately, cars came first. While still in college, I interned at Road & Track, America's first and finest car magazine, located in Newport Beach, California. It was like coming home to family -- a family that could hire you. After 11 years of this summer camp with track time included, I left my R&T family and got deeply involved with the advertising and marketing side of the car business. By that time, the Internet was cracking like thunder, and I starting creating automotive websites. These adventures led me to Kelley Blue Book and KBB.com, where I now reside.
Micah Muzio | Managing Editor, Video
I used to be a janitor. Now I test drive cars and produce award-winning video reviews. Clearly, fate has smiled upon me. While some car reviewers worship the automobile as an object of desire, I'm far more interested in the experiences automobiles can provide. That human-centric philosophy guides the reviews I write and videos I produce. When not toiling at the Blue Book I spend my time riding motorcycles, flying helicopters, and regretting having sold my 2002 Honda S2000.
Lyn Woodward | Editor, Video
In spite of my first car, an unglamorous 1977 Datsun B210, my love of the four-wheeled propulsion machine started early with my father’s two Porsche 356 Speedsters. As a precocious 14-year old, I demanded my mother allow me to shift her manual 1977 Toyota Corolla SR5 from the right-hand seat, which incidentally made learning to drive in the United Kingdom a breeze. Driver’s Ed was the easiest A I ever earned. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in short fiction but got my start as a writer for an animated children’s show on Nickelodeon. As a screenwriter in Los Angeles, I’ve had three television movies produced. Writing about cars, both new and classic, began as a dream then became a dream job. My automotive features and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Automobile Magazine, Hagerty Classic Cars, Truck Trend, Motor1.com, The Drive and AutoWeek. Currently, I’m the proud owner/mechanic of a 1966 Datsun Fairlady Roadster.
Matt Degen | Senior Associate Editor
Long before I could drive, I loved cars. Beyond just absorbing their unique styles, I somehow realized that every vehicle is its own entity. Cars remain to me more than mere transportation; each has its own personality and a mechanical soul that can set you free. Like their owners, every car has positive and negative traits, and I relish evaluating each to help advise consumers. Before joining KBB in 2012, I was a journalist at the Orange County Register for over a decade, writing about everything from cars, music and technology to my other passion -- cooking. I have degrees in communications and culinary arts.
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Allyson Harwood | Associate Editor, Features
I grew up a huge fan of cars, thanks to my dad: I helped him while he fixed cars and he would tell me about the history of cars while he worked. He and I would faithfully go to the Los Angeles auto show every year. I started reading his car magazines and building car models in grade school. I was even the weird kid in fourth grade who noticed when her teacher replaced her Chevy Monza with a Volvo sedan and asked her what she thought of her new car. I was sure there was no way I could actually get paid to write about cars. But I got an internship at Four Wheeler magazine, thanks to a happy coincidence when I met one of the editors while working at a local restaurant, my job while at UCLA. I have been in the industry ever since, writing full-time for several truck magazines, then moving to Motor Trend for 11 years while also serving as editor of Truck Trend for 6 years. Making the switch from the enthusiast side to the consumer side gives me the chance to help people make smart choices when they buy cars, which is highly rewarding.
Frankie Rogers | Editorial Assistant
My interest in cars started with a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro that my father bought me when I was a senior in high school. Aside from driving it to and from school I didn’t give it much thought until I had to sell it. I never stopped thinking about my Camaro, and many years later I found and bought another one, which I have been slowly restoring -- and I drive it every chance I get. I love classic muscle cars and will stop and snap photos of them whenever I can. I remember when Kelley Blue Book first launched its website, I thought being able to look up a vehicle’s value by computer rather than using the little blue book was the coolest thing. It was a thrill to become a member of the Kelley Blue Book family when I was hired to work with the publications team. Since then my title has changed a few times. I'm now a member of KBB’s Editorial team and spend most of my time publishing news and new vehicle reviews while also wrangling vehicles for the editors to test and review. While I did study journalism for a short time, my degree is in English Literature. I guess I prefer the classics.