A few days ago, I read a farewell post from John Neff of Autoblog.com fame, as he announced his decision to leave the world’s biggest automotive blog / website, which he no doubt helped create, after almost 10 years as Editor-in-Chief and 5,961 posts. I wish you the best of luck John in whatever you decide to do next.
No announcement was made at the time for Neff’s successor, but yesterday, I saw that parent company AOL placed Sharon Silke (“pronounced silk like milk”, as she says) Carty as the new Editor-in-Chief on the website’s masthead.
Personally, I had never heard of Carty before her appointment to AB (she does have 9 posts spread over a year or so), but don’t take that the wrong way, as it means absolutely nothing coming from a person like me who prefers to watch SpongeBob and China, IL from the news on my TV set. Don’t forget, who knew Matt Hardigree a few years back, and look at how he is making a positive contribution (seeing it from the outside) to Jalopnik following Ray Wert’s departure.
And while I’m guilty as charged for poking some adolescent fun at her Twitter profile bio and “Saturday morning pedicure” reference on her 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class test drive on Aol Autos in my post’s title, she does have a long and impressive resume that includes stints at the Huffington Post, The USA Today, Associated Press and Dow Jones.
We’ll just have to wait and see how and if the change of guard works out and whether it will bring a breath of fresh air to AB. In any case, the traditional good luck wishes apply.
If you want my two cents (if you don’t, cover the screen with your hands or just skip this section), the site that “obsessively covers the auto industry” is starting to look a lot more like the sleepy and with a false sense of security medium it conquered in the days of George Bush, becoming stale, overly comfy with manufacturers and fearful of breaking any eggs in its basket.
Opening photo from Twitter/Sharon Silke Carty
Sharon Silke Carty’s bio on Autoblog:
“Sharon Silke Carty is the Editor-in-Chief for Autoblog. She has written about cars for a decade, writing for USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and Dow Jones. She was a 2008 fellow with the Stanley Foundation, traveling to India to study economic issues in the developing world and the Indian auto industry. She also was a 2010 fellow with the East-West Center, traveling to Korea to delve into global economic issues, including visits to the Korean automakers. She does frequent media appearances, including interviews on NPR’s “On The Media” and Fox Business News. Carty lives outside Ann Arbor, Mich., with her husband, Jim, and their three children.”