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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.


  • GM Halts 'Nonessential' Spending Due to Japan Crisis Saturday, 19 Mar 2011 | 5:15 PM ET
    Auto worker works on assembly line at GM Lansing Grand River plant.

    General Motors is cutting non-essential expenses and travel while it assesses the situation in Japan, a sign the auto industry is unsure how much the earthquake and tsunami may cripple the production of new cars and trucks.

  • Lincoln Gets a Much Needed Boost Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 12:34 PM ET
    Ford sign

    Ever since Ford CEO Alan Mulally said his company would have just two brands, Ford and Lincoln, there's been no shortage of critics taking shots at Mulally's strategy. The

  • Quake and Competitors Hit Lexus Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:28 AM ET

    Lexus, already struggling with limited supply and weak sales is finding itself wrestling with two big problems: rebuilding its inventory after the earthquake hit Japan and fighting off other automakers who are aggressively going after luxury car buyers.


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