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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    After several years of being considered a dirty word in car dealerships, leasing is back in style. And unlike a few years back when the lease deals (and ridiculously easy credit terms) got out of whack, the idea of leasing, not buying could make more sense for those in the market for a new car. So what's changed? A lot.

  • Ford Sign

    At the Ford annual meeting in Wilmington, Delaware it's been all smiles. And for good reason. In the last year, Ford shares have steadily moved higher and are now trading over $15 a share.

  • Toyota headquarters

    Why are investors sticking with Toyota? It all comes down to Toyota's track record, balance sheet, and belief that Toyota will eventually bounce back.


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