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.


  • The Small Car With a Rather Big Problem Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 4:36 PM ET

    Remember back in 2005 and 2006 when Mercedes was making plans to bring the smart car to the U.S.? The car was a hit in Europe and it became fashionable for people to say, "Why don't they bring that car over to the U.S.? there are tons of people who want a compact car like that."

  • GM Bonuses for Line Workers Biggest Ever Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 11:11 AM ET
    Auto worker works on assembly line at GM Lansing Grand River plant.

    Two years after seeing their company slide into bankruptcy, GM hourly workers will get the biggest bonus the company has ever paid out to its line workers. While the final payout will be announced later this month when GM reports fourth quarter earnings, but the bonuses will be at least $4,000 per worker.

  • Could Eminem Be Chrysler's New Pitch Man? Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 | 12:38 PM ET
    Eminem in Chrysler commercial

    Coming off the very successful Super Bowl commercial there are reports that Eminem and Chrysler are talking about getting together and doing it again.


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