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.


  • Detroit Auto Show 2011 - A CNBC Special Report

    Porsche is back. So are two of the big three. The German automaker is participating in Detroit's North American International Auto Show after a three year absence, while Ford Motor and General Motors are enjoying revivals that are boasting their sales and reputations.

  • CES: The ‘New’ Auto Show Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
    Ford Sync

    A few years ago, CES was an interesting side note before the Detroit Auto Show. No longer. As technology and in-car connectivity become a bigger factor in why people buy a car or truck, it's imperative for the automakers to make a big splash at CES.

  • December/2010 Sales Show Toyota's Resilience Tuesday, 4 Jan 2011 | 2:56 PM ET
    Tustin Toyota dealership in Tustin, California.

    December sales delivered few surprises. They were better than expected, with the GM, Ford and Chrysler all ending the year on a roll. And then there is Toyota.


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