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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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    At Detroit's Auto Show in January, Ford will unveil a new compact minivan called C-MAX. While Ford has not officially said when we'll see the C-Max, it's fair to say it will eventually roll into showrooms.

  • December Sales Giving a Warm Feeling Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 12:53 PM ET

    Halfway through the month we're hearing more and more cautiously optimistic comments about the pace of sales. And almost all of them say the same thing: sales continue to pick up and people are increasingly coming into showrooms around the country.

  • Ford's Flexibility Is the Story to Watch Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 10:48 AM ET
    2011 Ford Fiesta

    Ford is thriving because it's becoming a more nimble, flexible auto maker. Nowhere is that more evident than in Ford's announcement Tuesday that its plant outside Detroit will be the first in the world to build standard internal combustion, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles in one plant.

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