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Phil LeBeau

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.


  • Boeing, Union Reach New Deal on Contract Extension Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 4:26 PM ET

    After six weeks of discreet negotiations, Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers  have reached an agreement on a 4-year contract extension.

  • Chevy Volt Fire Investigation   Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 2:51 PM ET
    Chevy Volt Fire Investigation

    GM is not changing marketing plans for Chevy Volt following news that safety regulators are looking into whether the hybrid car is prone to post-crash battery fires, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau. Paul Ingrassia, Thomson Reuters, weighs in.

  • General Motors Tries to Reassure Volt Owners Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 2:50 PM ET
    In this handout image provided by General Motors, The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt is on the assembly line at the Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan.

    With questions swirling around the safety of the Chevy Volt following the launch of a federal investigation of battery fires in the car, the company is trying to reassure Volt owners and potential buyers. The question is whether it will have much impact.


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