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.


  • Still Hate the Auto Bailouts? Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 11:45 AM ET

    I saw the latest poll showing a growing number of Americans now feel the auto bailouts were a good idea that have, for the most part, paid off.

  • Dealers and Customers Can't Have It Both Ways Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 10:14 AM ET
    Woman looks at new Toyota Camry on dealer lot

    Now that the Big 3 are back from brink of collapse, we're starting to hear complaints from dealers and customers about the new reality in car shopping: tight supply. Both are unhappy that they don't have as many models on the lot to choose from. In some cases with hot selling models, there's little or no selection because the dealers are sold out.

  • Big Day for GM, but How Long Can It Last? Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 1:07 PM ET

    I've heard the same question time and again here on the floor of the NYSE. Can GM keep it going?


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