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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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    The fallout from Japanese automakers cutting production after a devastating earthquake and tsunami will soon hit local newspapers as well as local TV and radio stations.

  • 2011 Auto Sales Forecast     Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 11:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on study that says U.S. auto sales will hit 16 million in annual sales by 2013 due to pent-up demand and aging fleet of current vehicles.

  • Saab and Jaguar On Different Roads Monday, 16 May 2011 | 1:18 PM ET

    Remember when Ford was considering selling Jaguar? The questions at the time were not much different than they were when GM first said it was looking into selling Saab. At the time, analysts talked about two brands that had equity with niche car buyers. Brands that had suffered while being lumped into a portfolio of other brands at Ford and GM. Brands that would surely survive and find their way after they were unloaded.

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