WALL STREET JOURNAL AUTO COLUMNIST DAN NEIL BRINGS PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING SKILLS TO FOXSPORTS.COM ON MSN
Monthly, Online-Exclusive Program “Wheels Up” Debuts Today
NEW YORK – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dan Neil, who recently joined The Wall Street Journal as its leading automotive columnist, hosts a new monthly, online-exclusive show for FOXSports.com on MSN. “Wheels Up” is a sophisticated, richly built look at the world’s automobiles, from high-end luxury and sports varieties to those available at the showroom down the street. “Wheels Up” premieres today, Tuesday, April 27 at Noon ET at http://msn.foxsports.com.
Mr. Neil, author of the Journal’s weekly “Rumble Seat column,” brings his journalistic authority on automobiles and the automotive industry to this new show. Part travel log, part tutorial, “Wheels Up” first looks at the legendary Ferrari 458 Italia, with a segment taped recently in the Italian towns of Maranello and Modena, home of Enzo Ferrari. Future “Wheels Up” programs focus on the BMW 535 and 335, Jaguar XJ, Spyker Aerilon and Bentley Mulsanne. An excerpt from “Wheels Up” will be posted on WSJ.com each week after its premiere.
“Adding Dan Neil and ‘Wheels Up’ to FOXSports.com continues our ongoing effort to acquire the best talent possible and create unique, exclusive programming for the web site,” said David Hill, chairman of the FOX Sports Television Group. “Dan’s automotive erudition is unparalleled, whether he’s talking about a Ferrari or a Ford, and we’re excited to share his many skills with The Wall Street Journal.”
Mr. Neil’s weekly column, “Rumble Seat,” recently debuted in the Journal’s Weekend Edition with reviews of the 2011 Ford Mustang V6, Rolls-Royce Ghost and Subaru Legacy. Mr. Neil also contributes to WSJ.com’s “Driver’s Seat” blog (http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/).
“Dan goes from 0-60 words in approximately five seconds and has torque and talk in abundance,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. “The dangerous way he uses words prompted us to install airbags for reader protection.”
Mr. Neil is the first journalist hired with the intent to provide content to FOXSports.com and The Wall Street Journal.
About Mr. Neil
Mr. Neil joined the two News Corp.-owned media outlets after spending more than six years with the Los Angeles Times, where in addition to writing for the paper, he wrote for the Los Angeles Times Magazine. His pop culture column, “800 Words,” was syndicated by Tribune Media in 2006 and won the American Association of Sunday Feature Editors Award for best general commentary in 2007. Mr. Neil’s Times column “Rumble Seat,” praised for “blending technical expertise with offbeat humor and astute cultural criticism,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2004.
Mr. Neil’s career as a professional journalist began in 1989 as a copy editor for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and Spectator, a local weekly publication. He began writing and editing the News & Observer’s weekly automotive advertising section in 1991. In 1994 he became a senior contributing editor for Autoweek, and a year later he began writing automotive reviews for the New York Times, which continued for eight years. As a free-lance journalist, Mr. Neil served as contributing editor for Car and Driver and later became senior contributing editor for Expedia Travels before assuming his full-time role with the Los Angeles Times in 2003.
Mr. Neil was born in Harrisburg, Penn., and was raised in New Bern, N.C. He earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from East Carolina University and an M.A. in English Literature from North Carolina State University. He is married with twin daughters and a son.
About FOXSports.com on MSN
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About The Wall Street Journal
Founded in 1889, The Wall Street Journal is the world’s leading business publication. Boasting more than two million subscribers, the Journal is the largest newspaper by total paid circulation and has the largest individually paid circulation of any U.S. newspaper. The Wall Street Journal franchise, with a global audience of 3.8 million, also comprises The Wall Street Journal Asia, The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com, the leading provider of business and financial news and analysis on the Web with more than one million subscribers and 26 million users per month. WSJ.com is the flagship site of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which also includes MarketWatch.com, Barrons.com and AllThingsD.com. The Wall Street Journal Radio Network services news and information to more than 375 radio stations in the U.S. The Journal holds 33 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism, and, in 2009, was ranked No. 1 in BtoB’s Media Power 50 for the 10th consecutive year.