Meet the Autoweek staff.
But for a couple of sketchy, short-lived gigs right out of college, Natalie Neff has had the good fortune to spend the entirety of her professional life around cars. A 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera S, 1972 VW Beetle, 1999 Ducati Monster, and a well-loved purple-and-white five-speed Schwinn—replete with cargo-carrying options including oversized pannier bags and a front wire basket—currently call her garage home.
Tom’s the staff newbie, having joined Autoweek in 2022 after nearly 25 years as an editor at WardsAuto, and 10 years as a daily newspaper reporter before that. He’s been in metro Detroit all his life. His personal cars have been downright practical, and he’s happy paying them off and enjoying several years of debt-free motoring. The craziness of COVID drove him to buy a 1953 Packard Patrician, in honor of his grandfather, who worked at the Packard plant until production ceased in 1956.
Mark Vaughn grew up in a Ford family and spent many hours holding a trouble light over a straight-six miraculously fed by a single-barrel carburetor while his father cursed Ford, all its products and everyone who ever worked there. This was his introduction to objective automotive criticism. He started writing for City News Service in Los Angeles, then moved to Europe and became editor of a car magazine called, creatively, Auto. He decided Auto should cover Formula 1, sports prototypes and touring cars—no one stopped him! From there he interviewed with Autoweek at the 1989 Frankfurt motor show and has been with us ever since.
Tara Klein has been at Autoweek in the art department since 2009. She now occupies the Creative Director slot, making everything you see on the website eye-catching, emotional and easy to understand. She has a pit bull mix named Sterling that greets her every night at the door of her midcentury modern home outside of Detroit and is currently on the hunt for a late '50s Plymouth wagon—who's holding?
Mike Pryson covered auto racing for the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot and M-LiveMedia Group from 1991 until joining Autoweek in 2011. He won several Michigan Associated Press and national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for auto racing coverage and was named the 2000 Michigan Auto Racing Fans Club’s Michigan Motorsports Writer ofthe Year. A Michigan native, Mike spent three years after college working in Southwest Florida before realizing that the land of Disney and endless summer was no match for the challenge of freezing rain, potholes and long, cold winters in the Motor City.
Jay Ramey grew up around very strange European cars, and instead of seeking out something reliable and comfortable for his own personal use he has been drawn to the more adventurous side of the dependability spectrum. Despite being followed around by French cars for the past decade, he has somehow been able to avoid Citroën ownership, judging them too commonplace, and is currently looking at cars from the former Czechoslovakia. Jay has been with Autoweek since 2013.
Wesley Wren has spent his entire life around cars, whether it’s dressing up as his father’s 1954 Ford for Halloween as a child, repairing cars in college or collecting frustrating pieces of history—and most things in between. Wesley is the current steward of a 1954 Ford Crestline Victoria, a 1975 Harley-Davidson FXE and a 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie. Oh yeah, and a 2005 Kia Sedona.
Chris Langrill has been with Autoweek since 2012. A former reporter, on occasion our copy editor writes a little this or that for the autoweek dot com, too. Otherwise, he is probably doting over his very good boy, dreaming of his Michigan Wolverines achieving elusive football glory or yammering on and on about buying an old Jeep Cherokee XJ like the one he had in college.
Thanks to the Cannonball Run movies and tales of his father’s beloved 1969 Plymouth GTX, Patrick Carone has been obsessed with cars since the Reagan administration. Testing vehicles from his home in New York City has given him the dubious ability to confidently pilot half-a-million-dollar supercars through midtown at rush hour.