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Karl Brauer, Senior Director of Insights and Senior Editor

Karl Brauer serves as the senior director of insights and senior editor for Kelley Blue Book.  In this role, he develops and provides insights to position Kelley Blue Book as the market leader for new- and used-car research.  Working with many departments within Kelley Blue Book and AutoTrader Group, Kelley Blue Book’s parent company, Brauer cohesively synthesizes available data and reports, developing and sharing powerful insights with the automotive industry. In addition to his senior director of insights role, Karl is a senior editor and regularly contributes to,, and other publications.

Prior to his tenure with Kelley Blue Book, Brauer was the editor in chief and chief executive officer of Total Car Score, a new-car research site.  Before joining Total Car Score, he was the editor in chief of for more than a decade after stints at Hot Rod and Super Street magazines.  Under his leadership, he helped grow traffic from one million monthly visitors to 14 million monthly visitors. Brauer is also a member of the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) jury.

As a veteran automotive journalist and industry analyst, Brauer has been interviewed by, or appeared on, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Bloomberg News, Associated Press, Reuters, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, ABC World News, Fox News, Fox Business News and more.

Brauer holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


About Kelley Blue Book (

Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry.  Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In and Suggested Retail Values, and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new cars this week.  The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, and governmental agencies.  Kelley Blue Book’s ranked highest in its category for brand equity by the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study and has been named Online Auto Shopping Brand of the Year for three consecutive years.  Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. is a Cox Automotive company.

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