A print and broadcast veteran for three decades who co-founded WAJ, Brian has covered the automotive industry in radio (KNBR, KSFO/KYA, KGO) newspapers (Examiner, Marin IJ, Minneapolis Tribune) magazines (Gentry, Auto Week, Capture) and Internet (Autoeditor.com). His coverage ranges from car reviews to technology and marketing.
Contact Brian at President@WAJ.ORG
Secretary: Michael Coates
Michael is editor and publisher of the Clean Fleet Report, a consumer website covering the electric car and alternative fuel vehicle space, as well as automotive editor of Innovation & Tech Today, and appears as an automotive expert on television and radio. In the past he has worked as the editor of a monthly enthusiast magazine, reporter/photographer for a weekly newsmagazine and a daily newspaper, assistant editor for automotive and motorcycle trade magazines as well as freelance work for a variety of publications and broadcast outlets. Michael has served on the WAJ board in a variety of roles, including chairing Media Day and organizing the Future Cars/Future Technology and Silicon Valley Reinvents the Automobile programs.
Contact Michael at Secretary@WAJ.ORG.
Executive Vice-President: Mike Hagerty
39 years broadcast journalism experience, currently news anchor at Capital Public Radio, the NPR station in Sacramento. 23 years automotive journalism experience, currently at The Los Altos Town Crier, LosAltosOnline.com and MikeHagertyCars.com. Previous outlets include TireKicker, KFBK AM/FM Sacramento, ABC15, KOY-AM, KTAR-AM, KAZT-TV and KTVK-TV, Phoenix, Arizona. Contact Mike at Programs@WAJ.ORG.
Treasurer: Satish Kondapavulur
Passionate about automotive journalism since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2013, Satish has written for publications such as Truck Trend and The Truth About Cars. Currently he runs the automotive website Cartrast which caters to shoppers of compact sedans, electric vehicles, minivans, 7-passenger family SUVs, and compact SUVs.
Contact Satish at WAJT@WAJ.ORG.
Vice President-Committees: Alex Stack
Alex is the Photo/Video manager for Roadfly.com, YouTube’s first automotive channel partner, in addition to his duties as co-host of The Flying Car Show. Previously, he served as correspondent for the award-winning Motor Trend Audio podcast. He continues to perform freelance photography & videography services for various OEMs. Alex has been a member of WAJ since 2014.
Contact Alex at Committees@waj.org