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BJ, one of the first female automotive journalists in the country, has been testing and writing about automobiles for almost three decades. A former Road Test Editor for Motor Trend magazine. BJ now freelances for numerous automotive titles and websites. She is the Road Test Editor and co-host of “Driver’s Talk” Radio, a simultaneous vodcast/broadcast that is heard in over a dozen markets across the country as well as on the internet and Stitcher.

BJ is a multiple winner of the prestigious IAMC awards, including the “Best of Radio,” and has served as a judge on numerous automotive competitions, including Concept Vehicle of the Year.

A big racing fan, her love of automobiles started early, having been exposed to the field through her father, who owned an assortment of collector classics, such as a ’61 Austin-Healey 3000, a ’641⁄2 Mustang, and other vehicles. BJ, a native Southern Californian, is married to automotive photographer Scott Killeen, and is a two-year past president of the Motor Press Guild, the organization that represents almost 900 automotive journalists and industry representatives across the country.

BJ and Scott (Team Killeen), are publishers of the BUILD BOOK, a serial publication that follows the build of one custom vehicle from start to finish.

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Fabulous Fords Forever: celebrating the bold and the beautiful

Fabulous Fords Forever: celebrating the bold and the beautiful

  The Fabulous Fords Forever (FFF) event held at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is celebrating its 30th year. It’s one of the largest gatherings of Ford and Ford-related products in the country, and is the place to go to see Mustangs, one-off customs, trucks, and Lincoln Mercury vehicles. For 2015, FFF celebrates 50 […]

April 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiat 500X first drive review: good things come in big packages, too

Fiat 500X first drive review: good things come in big packages, too

There’s a phenomenon that occurs when you test drive different cars on a regular basis. I don’t think there’s a formal name for it, but it happens all the time. No matter what vehicle you’re driving, you tend to notice (or notice a lack of) the same exact vehicle on the road; a type of […]

April 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio: A special edition of a special edition

Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio: A special edition of a special edition

The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is a good way to celebrate the anniversary of the 500. Now there’s a special edition of the special edition: the Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio. If one is good, two must be better. At least that’s what the Fiat brand is thinking. The limited-production model features a premium dual-layer […]

April 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rewriting the Screen Play: Are tablet screens ruining the dashboard?

Rewriting the Screen Play: Are tablet screens ruining the dashboard?

The necessity for technology and connectivity in vehicles today has led automakers and designers down a frustrating path of interior packaging. Buttons and knobs took up real estate for decades on the dash. Then along came the touchscreen, and the buttons and knobs vanished, only to return hastily once complaining began from customers who just […]

April 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen first drive review: Jetta then, Golf now

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen first drive review: Jetta then, Golf now

A lot of car manufacturers agonize over changing the name of an established vehicle. Most of the time, it’s a bad decision. Take the Ford Taurus for example. First it was a Taurus, then the 500, then Taurus again. And if that wasn’t confusing enough, Ford made a Taurus X, which really threw everyone for […]

March 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia Soul EV Review: Making a solid case for electric vehicles

2015 Kia Soul EV Review: Making a solid case for electric vehicles

Electric vehicles are polarizing (no pun intended). People either love them or hate them. We love them because they make us less dependent on fossil fuel, but hate them because we need to rely on electricity instead. We love them because we can use the HOV lanes on the highway in rush-hour traffic, but hate […]

March 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 NHRA Winternationals: Let’s set the record straight

2015 NHRA Winternationals: Let’s set the record straight

A long time ago, my dad took me and my three siblings to the NHRA drag races in Pomona. I must have been eight years old, and all I remember is the smell of rubber for days, and my mom combing chunks of burned tire out of my hair. I think that was the last […]

February 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chicago Auto Show: A little more that matters, Part II

2015 Chicago Auto Show: A little more that matters, Part II

The Chicago Auto Show is the industry equivalent of third base. As Matras said in Part I: first comes LA, then NAIAS, then Chicago, and finally New York; these four make up the top shows in the country. And while Chicago news and reveals may not match the glitz and glamour of Detroit, we love […]

February 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Grand National Roadster Show: picking America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

Grand National Roadster Show: picking America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

While many people travel to Detroit in January in the cold weather for the North American International Auto Show, the really smart people head west to attend the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The GNRS is one of the largest car shows for customs and classics, and it’s where they hand out the […]

January 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Jeep Renegade first drive: The past is present in the future

2015 Jeep Renegade first drive: The past is present in the future

Let’s play a game. You’ve recently been hired as a designer at FCA, and have been assigned the Jeep division, tasked with creating a new, small SUV. You’re must be creative, but it’s mandatory you also incorporate all the design cues that make it instantly identifiable as a Jeep vehicle. What do you do? Chances […]

January 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
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