Kristen Hall-Geisler


Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance automotive writer living in Oregon. Her work has appeared over the past decade in The New York Times, TechCrunch, HowStuffWorks, Popular Science, and, of course, U.S. News Best Cars. In addition to learning about the safest minivans on the market and finding out what to expect from new cars like the Kia Telluride, Kristen also can help you find the cheapest auto insurance in your state

She is the author of Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self and Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories.

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