Lou Ann Hammond

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Lou Ann Hammond has worked in the energy and transportation fields. She worked at Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s.

Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website www.carlist.com. Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the internet.[citation needed]

Hammond developed an automotive and energy issues related website, www.drivingthenation.com, that covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both.

Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.


Hammond has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Fox Business News, providing insight on the global car culture, advanced technology energy, and the oil business. Hammond has discussed alternative energies, technologies, and engines that drive America.


Hammond has appeared regularly on The John Batchelor Show. The nationally syndicated John Batchelor radio show gets more male 25-40 listeners than Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. Hammond also guests on the automotive centric Motortrend radio.


Hammond has written for Wired Magazine, Auto Aficionado, Pink magazine and Green Car Journal.


Hammond belongs to the Motor Press Guild (MPG) and is former Vice President and chairperson of media day for the Western Automotive Journalists (WAJ). She is an original member of the 'Concept Jury', working with other journalists to select the concept car and truck of the year. Hammond has the distinction of being one of nine women on the Women’s World car of the year jury, headquartered in New Zealand.


Hammond has a degree in Accounting from San Francisco State University. She graduated from Chofu high school, at 16 years old, in Tokyo, Japan.[citation needed]



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