Micheline Maynard

Author, Business Journalist, Educator

A New Venture: Changing Gears

On June 21, I began a new chapter as the senior editor of the Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center, a multi-media project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But you’ll be hearing about us — literally — as Changing Gears: Reinventing the Manufacturing Belt. For the next few years, Changing Gears will take an […]

Relief in Mississippi

The residents near Tupelo, MS, finally got the news they have been looking for. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda announced plans to open its long-delayed plant in Blue Springs next year. I tell the story of Blue Springs in The Selling of the American Economy, but briefly, the plant was the subject of an intense competition […]

The U.S. and Japan: Where Do They Stand?

I’ll be speaking on Friday May 28 in Lexington, KY at the third annual Japan/Kentucky Business Summit sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Kentucky. I’ll be looking at the relationship between Japan and the United States, and the impact of Japanese companies on the American economy. The summit is being held at the Lexington Hilton. […]

The Rewards of Writing

Months back, I was invited to participate in the Ann Arbor Book Festival’s writers conference. I’ve spoken at such events before, and I’ve always made it a point to listen to other writers’ seminars. This time, my time constraints didn’t allow me to attend any other programs except my own. But I think I got […]

Mark Your Calendars for the Ann Arbor Book Festival

I was pleased to take part in the first Ann Arbor Book Festival, which coincided with the publication of The End of Detroit. It was fun to see people flocking to E. University Street for the book fair, and to speak at Rackham Auditorium along with chef Craig Common (foreshadowing my interest in the food […]

Thank you, Grand Blanc! Next stop: Harvard

Many thanks to the McFarlen branch of the Genesee District Library system in Grand Blanc, Mich., for hosting me on April 14. It was an interesting discussion about what foreign investment can do for a local economy. The comments by former employees at General Motors, some who took buyouts, really added a fascinating perspective. My […]

The Green Car of the Future

Coming up on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the Japan Society of New York: Going green on the highway is all the rage today–but what will the green car look and drive like down the road? Thomas Stricker, Corporate Manager, Technical and Regulatory Affairs and Energy & Environment Research Group, Toyota North America, […]

The Future of the Auto Industry

This week, Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor has been running a series asking experts about the auto industry crisis, and how things look for the state of Michigan. On March 12, I talked about the auto industry’s future. Have a listen here.

From NPR to CNN, The Book Is Everywhere

So far this month, the book has gotten plenty of attention, especially in light of the problems at Toyota. On Feb. 6, I appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition, where I spoke with guest host Audie Cornish. On Feb. 13-14, C-Span’s Book TV aired the event I did with Dean Robert J. Dolan at the University […]

As Seen in The New York Times

The book is reviewed in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. The review is by Felix Salmon, a blogger with the Reuters News Service (my alma mater) and a former writer for Portfolio Magazine. It’s a honor to see the book reviewed along with Paul Ingrassia’s new book, Crash Course, which talks about Detroit’s woes […]

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