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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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  • GM Stumbles and Investors Sell Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 1:55 PM ET
    GM building

    On a day when the market is getting hammered, it's easy for people to dismiss the sell-off in General Motors shares. Don't make that mistake. The country's largest auto maker threw investors for a loop by giving a weak outlook for the 4th quarter.

  • Toyota Withdraws Guidance, Honda Commits to CR-V Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | 10:03 AM ET

    For Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota, 2011 can't end soon enough. This has been one of the worst years ever for the Japanese auto maker. And that's saying something after a disastrous 2010 filled with millions of vehicles being recalled and the safety of Toyota vehicles being questioned. But for Akio, you play the hand your dealt, or in this case, the strong yen being dealt.

  • Tesla's High-End Boutiques are Spreading Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 2:39 PM ET

    They are the type of high end shopping centers and malls that make a statement. Places where luxury retailers not only ring up big ticket sales while spreading their brand recognition among well-to-do customers. Whether it's Oakbrook Center just outside Chicago or Bellevue Square near Seattle or Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California the vibe is similar. These are places where you find Tiffany, Gucci, and now, Tesla.

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  • A sign is shown over the O'Hare Honda car dealership in Des Plaines, Ill.

    Honda cut its annual profit forecast as it set aside more cash to cover an expanded recall of cars to replace potentially faulty air bags.

  • Still from Mercedes' Super Bowl commercial "Fable"

    General Motors, Ford and Audi are among the list of automakers that have decided not to spend $4.5 million to run 30-second commercials.

  • A Honda Odyssey is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Tokyo.

    A record total of nine models sold during the 2011 model-year have had a driver death rate of zero, NBC News reports.

  • 2011-2012 Toyota Avalon

    The Japanese car manufacturer issued the recall because of a wire problem that could lead to a fire.

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