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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.

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  • Consumer Reports Hits Toyota Where it Hurts Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 12:40 PM ET
    Lexus GX 460

    In my opinion, it's far more significant. Will it cripple Toyota or Lexus? No. But it's sure not just another warning from an auto industry analyst.

  • Yo Toyota Fans, It's Time to Smell the Coffee Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | 9:55 AM ET
    Toyota headquarters

    This week once again showed me how some people some people can't see the forest from the trees. And yes, I'm talking about many of you Toyota supporters.

  • LaHood Admits Toyota Fine Not Big Enough Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 2:50 PM ET
    Ray LaHood, the transportation secretary.

    The message from the Secretary of Transportation is clear: If he could, he would fine Toyota more than the proposed $16.4 million the Feds are seeking for the automaker failing to alert the government quickly enough about defective gas pedals.

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