Keith Crain to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2018 Auto Show

Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications and editor-in-chief of Automotive News, will be honored with the Washington Auto Show’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.

Crain has had a central role in the auto industry for close to 50 years as a reporter, editor and publishing executive. Today he leads a team of employees in 13 locations around the world, producing 54 different publications with 880 team members. He is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Despite his many years of leadership as a publisher, he is perhaps best known as a hands-on journalist who still writes a regular weekly column for Automotive News. He is a familiar sight at meetings in the Automotive News Detroit headquarters building and takes his duties as editor-in-chief with the utmost seriousness.

“Keith Crain is an auto industry icon, with legendary longevity and an encyclopedic knowledge of the car business,” said John O’Donnell, WANADA president and CEO, in announcing the award. “Few have personally interacted with more industry leaders than he, or had a more distinguished automotive career.”

The Washington Auto Show Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on the evening of Jan. 25, the second Industry/Media Day, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Full details on the award dinner can be found at

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