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Philip LeBeau

CNBC Auto and Airline Industry Reporter

Philip J. 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."

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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  • Caught in Clunker Hell? Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 12:40 PM ET
    Customer at an auto dealership.

    It is a story I've heard people whispering about over the last week.  Talk of dealers holding off on completing Cash for Clunker sales until paperwork is "approved" by the Federal government has picked up in the last week.

  • The rumors have been swirling for a few weeks.  Now there are reports Toyota President Jim Press is in fact leaving the company before the end of the year.  While the company will not officially comment on the reports, it appears to be the end of a strange marriage between Press and Chrysler.  It also would mark the end of a relationship that never flourished as many expected when Press left Toyota for the American auto maker.

  • Can Auto Makers Thrive Post Clunkers? Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 2:24 PM ET
    Car Allowance Rebate System

    A comment from Bill Ford Jr. is one that explains why I, and many other reporters, are spending so much time reporting on the latest developments with electric cars.

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