Quinn Klinefelter


Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee,” says Quinn Klinefelter. “That’s how I start the day.” Quinn joined WDET in 1998 after working with the British Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio where he produced and hosted news and current events shows. He has been on top of the news for nearly a decade and honored for it by the Wisconsin Broadcasting Association and the Robert F. Hyland/CBS Radio Award for feature reporting for nearly a decade. Klinefelter was literally on top of the news in 1996 when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole and stepped on his feet during the Dole/Kemp run for the Presidency.


Recent Posts

Detroit Convention Center Erases Name of Tarnished Ex-Mayor Cobo

Feb. 21, 2019

Detroit’s Cobo Center, which hosted a variety of major events, is changing its name. The naming rights will bring about $1.5 million annually. Many officials maintain they no longer want to honor former Detroit Mayor Cobo because they say he was racist.

Automakers Await Trump Tariff Decision

Feb. 20, 2019

President Trump is considering a secret report on whether he can impose huge tariffs on vehicles and auto parts imports on national security grounds. The tariffs could also be bargaining chips in trade deals. Automakers en masse strongly oppose new tariffs.

Unpaid Auto Loans Skyrocketing

Feb. 14, 2019

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds there are now more people at least three months behind on auto loan payments than there were after the Great Recession. Some consumer advocates say the problem stems from borrowers having too much time to repay loans.

Automakers Fight Fear of Driverless Vehicles

Feb. 5, 2019

Automakers are not just cutting costs. They are pursuing a future filled with self-driving vehicles. But some drivers say they fear turning control over to what’s, in essence, a robot. And they lament losing the thrill of putting the pedal to the metal.

Dangerous Deep Freeze Descends on Detroit

Jan. 30, 2019

The polar vortex is freezing much of daily life in its tracks from the Dakotas to Michigan. Major universities are closed and the U.S. Postal Service is suspending deliveries because of the life-threatening cold.