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Neil Abt

Award-winning journalist with 25 years of editorial leadership. 
Develops fresh concepts generating insightful coverage.

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About Me

About Me

As an award-winning journalist and creative communications specialist, I have decades of experience spanning trade publications, editorial management, and storytelling across business, government, and emerging technology news.


I've directed editorial and production staff but have also worn multiple hats creating feature stories, digital & multimedia content, and PR programs.

Want to learn more about me? Read this "Meet the Media" spotlight piece.

Work Experience

Work Experience

Freelance Editor and Content Creator

May 2020 – current

Create blogs, opinion pieces, white papers, content for email marketing blasts and provide media exposure for a variety of transportation and technology clients. ​​
Fleet Owner

Editorial Director: March 2017 – March 2020

  • Supervised editorial staff of six at award-winning monthly B2B publication with 105,000 print subscribers and 2 million visitors annually to Fleet Also oversaw American Trucker print magazine (9 times a year) and website. 

  • Wrote breaking news stories, in-depth feature packages and a monthly column.

  • Assigned/edited the work of senior staff members, freelancer writers and outside contributions from subject matter experts

  • Digital-first emphasis resulted in monthly record of 690,000 page views in March 2019 for, leading to annual records in unique visitors, site registrations and social media engagement. 

  • Launched the “Fleet Owner For-Hire 500” listing in 2019, a joint effort with data researchers from Fleet Seek. Brought back “Heavy-Duty Pickup & Van” e-newsletter.

  • Selected winners of “Green Fleet of the Year” and “Private Fleet of the Year” awards.

  • Served as a judge of the “Zonar All Star Award” program.

  • Moderated Fleet Owner-hosted webinars and secured guests upcoming programs.

  • Scripted promotional commercials for radio broadcasts. 

  • Represented publication at industry events and media interviews. 

Transport Topics
Editorial Director: January 2014 – November 2016
  • Responsible for all editorial decisions and coordination with sales and marketing teams.

  • Led Transport Topics in 2016 to the fourth-straight annual revenue record.

  • Created “Live on Web," TT's first video program (

Transport Topics

Managing Editor:  2012 – 2013

  • Oversaw a 12-member print and online reporting staff

  • Restructured the newsroom and editorial budget to prepare for a more digital-first environment


Transport Topics

News Editor:  2005 – 2011

Transport Topics

Senior Web Editor/Staff Reporter:  2001 – 2004​


America Online

News Channel Editor:  1998 – 2001

The Washington Post

Print Reporter - Sports:  1996 – 1997

Online Contributor - Sports:  1996 – 1997

The Internet Newsroom

Freelance Writer:  1996 – 2002


Gannett News Service

News Intern:  1995

2020 Eddie and Ozzie Awards:

Winner: Planned or On-Location Coverage
The Future of Trucking: North American Commercial Vehicle Show coverage 

American Society of Business Publication Editors:

2016 National Bronze Award

Mid-America Trucking Show, on-site coverage

News Section of May 5, 2008

Front Cover: Issue of April 24, 2006

ASBPE, regional:
Original Research: Transport Topics Top 50 Logistics Companies, 2006


Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association Editorial Award, 1997:
Second-place award for Washington Post Sports Feature (one in a series) detailing obstacles facing athletes in Washington Public High Schools



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