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 Classic VW Beetle Gets A New Look Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 9:55 AM ET
    2012 Volkswagen Beetle

    When you update an iconic car, it's a win/lose proposition. Sure you win with the instant name recognition, but if you screw up the re-design you lose big time.

  • Volkswagon's New Beetle  Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 8:22 AM ET

    Discussing new features of the new Volkswagon Beetle, with Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen of America CEO, and CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Feds Win Out Over Ford for Massive F-150 Recall Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
    Ford F-150

    As recalls go, it's a whopper — 1.19 million Ford F-150's and a select number of Lincoln Mark LT vehicles are being recalled by Ford due to airbags that may deploy inadvertently. Under CEO Alan Mulally, this is one of the largest recalls at Ford. A rare black eye for a company that has steadily improved its quality and reliability over the last five years.


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