TTAC Welcomes Murilee Martin

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
ttac welcomes murilee martin

From the moment I took over as TTAC’s Editor-in-Chief, I knew that I was going to need a lot of help in order to live up to the brand that had been built here for the better part of a decade. I was stepping into some big shoes, and filling them would have to be a team effort. I was lucky enough to inherit some of the best car writers on the web, and we’ve been able add even more talent to the roster over the last year. Now, as we welcome Murilee Martin (formerly of Jalopnik fame, also of and, we mark an important point in TTAC’s development: maturity (or something like it).

With the addition of Murilee, TTAC has a dream team of editors who will keep TTAC stocked with the freshest, most engaging car-related content on the web, and as a result we’re moving to a streamlined masthead. My faithful Managing Editor Bertel Schmitt and I will continue to handle major editorial and blogging duties while Paul Niedermeyer, Michael Karesh, Jack Baruth, Sajeev Mehta, Steve Lang and Murilee Martin each tackle the world of cars from their unique perspectives. Thanks to a major commitment from our owners, VerticalScope, we’re now able to keep this core team cranking out regular content while we augment their work with the best contributions from our worldwide TTAC contributor family and from around the web. The goal of all this is to consistently provide the very highest quality content, to host the most engaging debates and to keep you connected with the latest developments in the world of cars.

So, please join me in welcoming Murilee and thanking our owners for empowering TTAC to be the best damn car site on the web. I’m truly honored to have the opportunity to work with my personal dream team of writers as well as to serve you, our dedicated readers and commentators. Thank you all for making TTAC’s continued success possible.

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  • Domestic Hearse Domestic Hearse on Nov 18, 2010

    While you're "streamlining your masthead" Ed, during your site's evolution toward a new maturity, may I make a teensy, weensy suggestion... Lose. The. Bush. League. Logo. Really. Remember all the hand-wringing? Call for entries? Voting? Then plea by almost everyone that professional design help be called upon? Yet there it remains. The thumb-up, thumb-down design cliche. Right at the top of the page. Ugh. Yes, Ed, I know you meant masthead as in editorial/writer team. But I'm takin' this chance to jump on the logo issue again. It's time to match the "look" to the talent, especially now that Miss Murilee has arrived. One more thing. Let's go for the trifecta and bring back Loverman. (Though I suspect his eyes are still starry from getting to drive Bugutti's and car's of the year over at that "dying rag" that just somehow keeps right on truckin').

    • Edward Niedermeyer Edward Niedermeyer on Nov 18, 2010

      I hear you loud and clear. We are a premium website content-wise, and I completely understand the need to present ourselves in a more premium light than we currently are. A re-think of our aesthetics is definitely in the works... but as with putting a team together, this will take time. Patience...

  • George McNally George McNally on Nov 21, 2010

    Good stuff- looking forward to more Murilee and all the other writers.

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  • Jbltg Rear bench seat does not match the front buckets. What's up?
  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
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