Mike Spector bio photoMike Spector is an automotive reporter at The Wall Street Journal covering safety, regulation, litigation and government investigations, featuring some of the biggest stories of the past two years.

Mike has chronicled the Trump administration’s reopening a review of vehicle emissions regulations and government scrutiny of Tesla’s self-driving Autopilot technology. He’s broken news on Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal and subsequent U.S. criminal investigation; Takata Corp.'s crisis with rupture-prone air bags and related criminal and regulatory probes; record penalties and other fallout from Fiat Chrysler's recall lapses; and General Motors' criminal penalties and other legal woes stemming from defective ignition switches.

Mike wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission's scrutiny of private-equity fees and broke news on some of the biggest private-equity deals of the past few years, including Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.'s IPO preparations, Blackstone's purchase of Gates Global, Forest Laboratories' acquisition of Aptalis, the sale of MultPlan Inc., and the historic bankruptcy preparations and eventual Chapter 11 filing of TXU Corp.

As the Journal's chief bankruptcy reporter, Mike broke news on the the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. He also broke news on the collapses of MF Global, Kodak, Borders, Blockbuster, Hostess Brands and CIT Group, among others.

Mike received a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York and an undergraduate degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is a long-suffering Washington Redskins fan who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son and daughter.