Judd Hanson

Judd Hanson

News Editor

@JuddHanson

I’m a 34-year journalism veteran, with 23 coming on the Sports copy desk at the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch. I joined Transport Topics in April 2013 and have worked on the copy desk and on the Content Manager team before being promoted to News Editor.
Working at Transport Topics has afforded me the opportunity to learn about what really moves America — trucks. Specifically, how goods that we depend on every day end up on store shelves (or on our front steps, in this age of booming e-commerce).


Business, Safety

Cancer Survivor’s Road to Recovery Culminates With Trip to NTDC

Kevin Mailand Kevin Mailand promised he would buy himself an Indian Motorcycle, a bike he has admired since his childhood, one year after undergoing surgery. (Family photo)

Kevin Mailand’s biggest challenge en route to winning Grand Champion honors at the 2019 Kansas Truck Driving Championships was getting to Topeka in the first place. Five years earlier, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 esophageal cancer.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
August 5, 2019
Business, Safety

Kansas 3-Axle, Grand Champ Kevin Mailand Primed for Pittsburgh

Kevin Mailand of YRC Freight Kevin Mailand placed first in the Field Test and 3-Axle class on the way to earning Grand Champion honors in the Kansas Truck Driving Championships. (Kevin Mailand photo courtesy of Kansas Motor Carriers Association)

For Kevin Mailand, the National Truck Driving Championships are going to have a familiar feel. Mailand, a YRC Freight driver with nearly 35 years' experience over the road, captured the 3-Axle crown at  the Kansas Truck Driving Championships and in the process punched his ticket to Pittsburgh for nationals. Turn back the clock 10 years: Mailand won in the Twins class to earn Rookie of the Year honors and a trip to the NTDC in … Pittsburgh.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 19, 2019
Business, Safety

Don Logan's Absence Leaves Kansas Field Wide Open

At first glance, the Kansas Truck Driving Championships might be more notable by who is absent than who will be the ultimate winner. FedEx Freight Ace Don Logan, last year’s Grand Champ out of the Tank Truck division, isn’t competing at Kansas Expocentre in Topeka on June 14-15.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 14, 2019
Business, Safety

XPO's Ernie Budlowski Drives Straight to Connecticut Grand Champion Title

Connecticut TDC Grand Champion Ernie Budlowski Grand Champion Ernie Budlowski of XPO Logistics is flanked by Rick Alexander (left), whose company, Whelen Engineering Co., is a primary event sponsor; and Joe Sculley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut. (Photo courtesy of MTAC)

Ernie Budlowski of XPO Logistics drove straight to the Straight Truck title en route to claiming Grand Champion honors in the Connecticut Truck Driving Championships in Windsor Locks on June 8.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 10, 2019
Business, Safety

FedEx Freight 3-Axle Ace Ritch Fundell Repeats as Illinois Grand Champion

Illinois TDC champion Ritch Fundell Ritch Fundell earned Grand Champion honors in the event that put a strong emphasis on educating the public about Illinois' "move over" law. (Ritch Fundell photo/FedEx)

For the second year in a row, Ritch Fundell had a grand old time at the Illinois Truck Driving Championships. Fundell, a 3-Axle ace with FedEx Freight, conquered the Pheasant Run Resort course in St. Charles on June 7-8 to earn his second straight trip to the National Truck Driving Championships.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 10, 2019
Business, Safety

Steven Clark Takes Top Honors at Surprising Utah Truck Driving Championships

Utah TDC Grand Champion Steven Clark Steven Clark has driven professionally for 25 years, including 13 with FedEx. He has logged more than 3 million miles of safe driving. (Steven Clark photo courtesy of FedEx Freight)

The unexpected was the norm at the Utah Truck Driving Championships. Defending Grand Champion Russell Atkin finished fifth in the Tank Trunk division, and rookie William Plevney took first place in the 5-Axle. When the dust settled, FedEx Freight driver Steven Clark was the 2019 Grand Champion after besting his closest challenger by 62 points in the 3-Axle class.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 7, 2019
Business, Safety

Message of Safety Hits Home Leading Up to Illinois Truck Driving Championships

FedEx Freight drivers Ritch Fundell and Miguel Corral are back and ready to repeat in the Illinois Truck Driving Championships on June 7-8. The event's primary safety focus will be on emphasizing adherence to Scott's Law, named after a Chicago firefighter who was struck and killed by a motorist while assisting at a roadside crash scene in 2000. Overall FedEx Freight claimed five division championships in 2018. UPS took home two first-place finishes, and XPO Logistics and YRC Freight earned one apiece.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 7, 2019
Business, Safety

You Can Say That Again! Eric Flick Leads Seven Repeat Winners in Nevada

Nevada TDC Grand Champion Eric Flick Grand Champion Flick of FedEx Freight will be making a return trip to the NTDC after winning the Flatbed class for the second year in a row. (Flick photo courtesy of Kim Yaeger/Nevada Trucking Association)for the second

If you’re gonna roll a 7, it may as well be in Nevada, right? Seven class winners from 2018 again visited the winner’s circle at the Nevada Truck Driving Championships on June 1 in Reno.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 4, 2019
Business, Safety

Alabama Grand Champion David Hawk Paces FedEx Freight

Alabama TDC Grand Champion David Hawk Grand Champion David Hawk celebrates as Alabama TDC Chairman Jeff Melville (left) of Publix and Alabama Trucking Association Chairman Fenn Church of Church Transportation and Logistics look on. (Ford Boswell/Alabama Trucking Association)

David Hawk is taking his driving skills from Pelham to Pittsburgh. The FedEx Freight driver won the 3-Axle competition and clinched Grand Champion honors in the Alabama Truck Driving Championships earning a spot in the national event in August.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 4, 2019