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.


  • Gas Prices At a Tipping Point Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 12:59 PM ET
    Car Keys and Money

    Over the last year, as gas prices have steadily moved higher and people predicted gas would eventually climb above $4 a gallon the big question in the industry has been where is the tipping point? At what price per gallon will we finally see car, truck, and SUV buyers shift to smaller more fuel efficient models? Well, folks it's here.

  • What Women and Men Want Behind the Wheel Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 11:36 AM ET

    I find the study interesting because it re-enforces what I have long believed, even as gas prices have moved higher in the last two to three years.

  • VW Stumbles — Again Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 10:42 AM ET
    2011 Volkswagen Jetta

    For these champions of farfegnugen the latest Consumer Reports review of the new Jetta must sting. CR was disappointed in the new Jetta, writing, "The redesigned Volkswagen Jetta is a shadow of the agile, well-finished car it once was."


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