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.
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The knee jerk reaction to May auto sales would be dismissing them as irrelevant since it was a strange mix of factors.
Later this week, President Obama will go to a Chrysler plant to talk about the once bankrupt automaker which has fully re-paid bail out loans from the federal government. In other words, it's a victory lap for President Obama and his Auto Task Force. So what's the problem with it?
The latest set of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show something few would have thought was possible 10 or 15 years ago: several small cars are among the safest on the road. Surprised? Don't be. The results show small cars are benefiting from new technology developed to protect passengers.
More than once Mark and I sparred on air about what was happening with the Big Three as they were losing billions of dollars. I loved those exchanges.
Toyota's independent North American Quality Advisory Panel, led by former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater has reached some conclusions after looking into the unintended acceleration crisis and recalls from late 2009 and early 2010.
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.
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 record total of nine models sold during the 2011 model-year have had a driver death rate of zero, NBC News reports.
The Japanese car manufacturer issued the recall because of a wire problem that could lead to a fire.
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