Jean Jennings of AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE Wins 2007 Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Journalism: -- President of AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE Recognized with International Motor Press Association's Highest Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Automotive Reporting

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AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE, America's leading automotive lifestyle publication ( and part of PRIMEDIA's Consumer Automotive Group, today announced the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) awarded its 2007 Ken Purdy Award to Jean Jennings for her June 2006 cover story entitled, "Veyron in the USA." Jennings will receive the Ken Purdy Award from the International Motor Press Association during a ceremony at this year's New York International Automobile Show on April 4, 2007.

Jean is one of the magazine's best assets and truly embodies the enthusiasm and journalistic integrity for which the Ken Purdy Award was named.

"Veyron in the USA" chronicled Jennings' exclusive interstate drive of the 1001 horsepower Bugatti Veyron supercar through Florida during Spring Break of 2006. A panel of automotive journalists selected Jennings' feature article as their winner in February of this year. The Ken Purdy Award is the latest achievement for the article, which
had previously garnered three 2006 International Automotive Media Awards: Best in 2006 (overall), Best in Magazines and a Gold Medal in the Road Test category.

IMPA's Purdy Award annually recognizes excellence in automotive writing and rewards an individual whose specific contribution most embodies the spirit and passion of Ken Purdy, considered one of America's greatest automotive writers and editors. Purdy was a prolific writer who also was an accomplished editor for publications such as Parade and True in the late 1940's. His book, Kings of the Road, published in 1949, is still considered a landmark.

"AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE's loyal audience has become very familiar with the unique style and insights which make Jean Jennings such a powerful force for our magazine," said Steve Parr, president of PRIMEDIA's Enthusiast Media division. "Jean is one of the magazine's best assets and truly embodies the enthusiasm and journalistic integrity for which the Ken Purdy Award was named."


AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE, a PRIMEDIA Inc. publication, was founded in 1986 by veteran automotive journalist David E. Davis, Jr. and has a circulation of 550,000 and a total readership of 3.6 million. Recipient of more editorial awards than any other major automotive publication, AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE is designed to appeal to the interests of passionate automotive enthusiasts. Its diverse editorial mix includes behind-the-wheel experiences in the world's most fascinating cars, as well as personalities, travel destinations, automotive art, vintage cars, and industry trends. AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE can also be found online at


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