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.


  • Hyundai's Veloster Takes Aim at Younger Buyers Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 12:08 PM ET
    Hyundai's Veloster

    As new cars go, the Hyundai Veloster is no Sonata or Elantra. That's fine, Hyundai's not looking for any mass market sedan.

  • Toyota's Camry Comes Just in Time Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 2:23 PM ET
    The Toyota logo is displayed on the grill of brand new Toyota RAV4s on the sales lot at City Toyota in Daly City, California.

    The vultures (critics) have been circling over the Toyota Camry for the last year and a half. Now, the new Camry is coming out at a time when rival sedans like the Hyundai spacer Sonata and Nissan Altima are picking up ground with fresher, more aggressive looks.

  • Cadillac Needs More Than EV to Get Charged Up Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 10:17 AM ET

    Now that General Motors has confirmed the worst kept secret in Detroit about plans to build an electric model, the question is whether this EV can give the luxury brand a jolt. Here's hoping it does


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