Phil LeBeau

Phil LeBeau
CNBC Auto and Airline Industry Reporter

Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based at the network's Chicago bureau. He is also editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.

LeBeau has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including "Dreamliner: Inside the World's Most Anticipated Airplane," "Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon" and "Saving General Motors" and "Failure to Recall: Investigating GM."

Prior to joining CNBC, LeBeau served as a media relations specialist for Van Kampen Funds in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., and was instrumental in implementing an initiative to communicate the company's mutual fund and investment practices to the public and the press. While at Van Kampen, LeBeau held a Series 6 license.

Previously, he held general assignment reporting positions at KCNC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver, and KAKE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kan. LeBeau began his career as a field producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, where he wrote, produced and researched consumer stories. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism with a bachelor's degree in journalism and broadcasting.

Follow Phil LeBeau on Twitter @Lebeaucarnews.


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    After reporting the growth in auto loans to borrowers who do not have prime credit scores, I heard from a number of people who think this is bad news. Essentially, their concern is that auto dealers writing more loans for those with non-prime (below 680) credit scores shows the auto industry is going too far to close sales.

  • Chrysler Group CEO on Euro Zone Austerity   Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 10:22 AM ET
    Chrysler Group CEO on Euro Zone Austerity

    "Austerity is a wonderful thing," says Sergio Marchionne, Fiat, Chrysler Group CEO, commenting on the economic problems plaguing Europe and revealing his company's plans to hire 1,200 workers at its Belvidere plant.

  • Sign of the Times? Car Buyers Stretch on Loans Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 4:36 PM ET

    As auto sales grow so is the length of time consumers are taking to pay for their new car or truck.


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