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.


  • Ford Raises Car Prices—Again Friday, 27 May 2011 | 1:27 PM ET
    Ford truck grille

    Citing commodity costs, Ford is raising prices for the third time this year. The latest increase is .03% or $124. Year to date, Ford has raised new car prices 1.3% or $375.

  • Black Boxes Long Overdue Friday, 27 May 2011 | 11:41 AM ET
    Right-turn drive down

    If the federal government has it's way, by the end of this year it will be mandatory for all new cars to have a black box data recorder.

  • Why Can't Stocks Beat 2007 Peak?     Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 7:00 PM ET

    Michael Farr, Farr, Miller & Washington; Don Luskin, CNBC contributor; and Ron Kruszewski, Stifel Nicolaus, weigh in on whether the markets are hitting a soft patch, or something worse.


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