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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 Deadly Distracted Driving Epidemic Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 9:01 AM ET
    Person text messaging while driving

    According to analysis in the American Journal of Public Health 16,000 people died in texting and driving accidents between 2001 and 2007. Even more frightening is the warning that the problem is getting worse.

  • Buying Small, Spending Big Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 11:34 AM ET
    Customer at an auto dealership.

    There's an interesting new trend developing with American car buyers. Because of the economy, they are being much more judicious about the type and size of car they buy.

  • You Can't Have it Both Ways With GM Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 11:19 AM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    By the time GM goes public, many taxpayers will be ticked off about how the company is being run. That's understandable given the nature of the federal bail out. Now those people need to realize GM is a company working towards independence and towards making choices they may not like.

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