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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.


  • Better Mileage, Better Cars Coming Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 1:22 PM ET
    The new 2011 Ford Explorer SUV touts a sleek newly designed look that the company hopes will attract new buyers to the venerable SUV line.

    For all the hand wringing, complaining and eye rolling being done by auto makers who are now on board with the new fuel efficiency targets, one thing you don't hear about is the excitement of engineers, designers, and suppliers. Excitement? Yes, excitement.

  • Ford and Chrysler Post Solid 2Q Profits Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
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    It still sounds a little strange to say it, but making a profit and improving the business are becoming the norm in Detroit. After years of failing to shoot straight, the Big 3 are not only back in the black, but growing.

  • UAW and Big 3 Kick Off Contract Talks Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 11:59 AM ET

    When representatives from the United Auto Workers and the Big 3 automakers exchange ceremonial handshakes this week, it will be the symbolic start of talks on a new labor deal.


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