Our Writers

High Gear Media is the fastest growing publisher of automotive content on the Web today. Across our three brands The Car Connection, Motor Authority and Green Car Reports, we publish hundreds of articles a month from some of the very best automotive writers in the world. Take a look at some of the faces you’ll see on our sites. Have what it takes to contribute? Drop us a line today.

Marty Padgett

Editorial Director

writer-padgett-220x150Marty Padgett is High Gear Media’s Editorial Director, overseeing the words that skim across High Gear Media’s portfolio of automotive destinations. Born in 1969, Marty is a native of Washington, D.C., an honors graduate of Duke University, and a former editor at Car and Driver. Marty is a 20-year veteran journalist, with other writing credits at AutoTrader, Stuff, Outside and BusinessWeek. In addition to his work at High Gear Media, Marty is a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards and is the author of three books. While you’re reading this, he’s on a computer or his iPhone to keep track of what’s going on in the car world.
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Bengt Halvorson

Deputy Editor

writer-halvorson-220x150Bengt Halvorson is Deputy Editor of High Gear Media’s portfolio of car sites, overseeing the production of reviews, evaluating vehicles firsthand, and reporting on consumer, safety, and environmental issues and in-car technology. Halvorson is a Michigan native and started to hone his car-connoisseur chops (if you don’t count the teenage muscle-car ownership) at Car and Driver while still attending the University of Michigan—and driving a too-sensible Ford Festiva. He then lived briefly in London and wrote for the British enthusiast magazine Autocar before becoming an editor at Automobile Magazine. For most of this decade Halvorson has lived on the West Coast, and now calls evergreen Portland home. In addition to being a longtime contributor to The Car Connection, he’s also consulted on powertrain technology; managed special issues and tracked collector-car prices at Sports Car Market; and written for Cargo, Time, Forbes.com, Forbes Autos, and several other major business, enthusiast, and in-flight magazines.
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John Voelcker

Senior Editor

writer-voelcker-220x150John is Senior Editor for High Gear Media. In addition to news coverage and new car reviews, John creates and oversees all editorial for High Gear’s green site GreenCarReports.com. John has covered advanced auto technologies and energy policy for various print, online, and radio outlets, including Wired, Popular Science, Tech Review, IEEE Spectrum, HybridCars.com, and Portfolio.com. He is a regular guest on Fox Car Report Live, and provides occasional car commentary for National Public Radio shows and Sirius Satellite Radio. In 2011, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Motor Press Association. He is also part of the screening committee for World Green Car of the Year. Voelcker has driven plug-in cars from more than a dozen automakers, and alt-fuel vehicles from almost as many. He has held editorial jobs at many magazines, including This Old House, Metropolis, Psychology Today, Exposure, Mother Earth News, Budget Living, and IEEE Spectrum. John received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and splits his time among the Catskill Mountains, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He still has hopes of one day becoming an international man of mystery.
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Nelson Ireson

Senior Editor

writer-ireson-220x150Nelson is a Senior Editor at High Gear Media focusing on reviewing cars and covering the hottest topics in luxury and performance cars, car culture, and breaking news primarily on High Gear’s luxury destination, MotorAuthority.com. Born and raised in California but now transplanted to Arkansas, Ireson has a law degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and is accredited to practice in the state, though he’s voluntarily inactive. Nelson also holds a degree in Speech Communication from Arkansas State University. His path to the automotive world wasn’t a direct one, but his love of cars, speed, and driving ultimately won out. When he manages to come up for air, Ireson is reviewing cars, driving them fast at road courses and autocrosses, navigating rallies, or working on making himself and his car faster.
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Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Editor

writer-vijayenthiran-220x150Vik is an Editor at High Gear Media and contributor for a number of sites within the High Gear Media network. He was a co-founder of Motor Authority and is one of High Gear Media’s experts on performance and luxury cars. After studying in the field of software engineering, it was an unlikely move for him to dive into a career built on a passion for cars, but it was one that led to the formation of one of the most popular car sites on the Web. Vik covers around-the-clock news for High Gear Media, and is currently based in Cologne, Germany, though hopes to return one day to his native Australia.
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Joel Feder

Social Media Manager

writer-joel-220x150Joel oversees High Gear Media’s social media channels, video, and OEM outreach, while also reporting the latest automotive news. A Minnesota native with a marketing degree from Drake University, Joel was the car critic for the Times Delphic in college and went on to start his own automotive blog (Accelerate Mpls) late in 2009. Prior to joining HGM, Joel worked at SMCpros, a small social media consulting agency in Minneapolis. While you are reading this Joel is probably checking Twitter or posting a picture of some car to Facebook.
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Richard Read

Reporter

writer-read-220x150Richard Read covers technology, social media, advertising, legal issues, and other auto industry topics for High Gear Media. With a background in marketing and development, he’s particularly interested in branding, public relations, and new media, as well as pop culture and, of course, cars. He’s written for Gawker, Fodors, and other outlets, both on the web and in print. In his spare time, Richard is a marketing consultant, with a focus on small companies and nonprofits. Born in Laurel, Mississippi, he holds degrees from Millsaps College, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Antony Ingram

Contributing Writer

writer-ingram-220x150Antony is an automotive obsessive: Whether it drives, sits there looking pretty or intrigues from afar, he’ll talk and write about it. Automotive interests vary wildly, from classics, through modern cars, to the automobiles of the future. His only car is an old 1974 VW Bug undergoing restoration, but searching the used ads for other vehicles is an ongoing obsession. Antony has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Durham University, UK, and a Masters degree in Media and Journalism from Newcastle University, UK. He currently lives in North Yorkshire, England.
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