About Jerry Flint
Call him The Car Connection’s curmudgeon-at-large. But to twist an old slogan, when Jerry Flint talks, people listen. And for good reason. Born an educated in Detroit, Mr. Flint served a stint with Army Intelligence in Europe, before The Wall Street Journal from 1958 to 1967. In 1967, he went to work as bureau chief for The New York Times in Detroit, a position he held until 1973. In 1973, he went to New York for The Times as Assistant to the National Editor. Mr. Flint left The Times in 1979 to join Forbes Magazine, where he remained until his retirement in 1996.
There were more than a few folks who sighed in relief when Mr. Flint’s retirement approached, for his insightful and often cutting style left more than a few automotive “emperors” standing naked. But Mr. Flint wasn’t ready to drive off into the sunset, and he continues to be an active member of the automotive media—and one of the most widely-read columnists for The Car Connection. While no longer on staff, Mr. Flint writes the regular column, "Back Seat Driver," for Forbes, serves as a contributing editor on CNN/FN, produces a monthly column for Ward's Auto World and is President of the International Motor Press Association.