Philip J. 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."
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.
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While most of us are spending a long holiday weekend relaxing or watching a cheesy new Christmas movie because your spouse loves seeing even the worst ones, this is a working weekend in Detroit. At GM, Ford, and Chrysler executives are preparing their "business plans" for Congress to review starting Tuesday.
From auto companies in the Midwest to Wall Street firms in New York, thousands of laid off workers will spend these holidays wondering where their next job will be. Blue collar or white collar, it doesn't matter. These people are hurting.
It's not quite guilt by association, but it's close. Ford, by virtue of being one of the Big 3 and because its finances are weakened, has been lumped in with General Motors and Chrysler as an auto maker needing a bailout. Somewhere in Dearborn, Michigan Ford CEO Alan Mulally is doing a slow burn.
Have you been listening to political leaders talk about what it will take for the Detroit 3 and the UAW to get Washington to sign off on a bailout for the industry? If so, you've heard several key words and phrases used to describe what the auto makers need to do.
It's hard to say if the Big 3 CEOs blew it on Capitol Hill, but it certainly wasn't the best couple of days. While Rick Wagoner, Alan Mulally, and Bob Nardelli all gave legitimate answers and tried their best to spell out just how important a $25 Billion loan is to their survival, their hearings did not turn out well.
To say law makers are skeptical about whether it makes sense to help out Detroit would be an understatement. The Big 3 and the UAW have failed to sell Congress on why they should help the auto industry.
United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger said it is critical the Big 3 receive a financial aid package from Congress to avoid one or more of Detroit's auto makers from sliding into a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Honda is recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans that could catch fire, say safety regulators
GM was hit with a lawsuit from customers who said their vehicles lost value because of ignition problems that prompted a recall of 1.6 million cars.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the New Jersey state government's ban on Tesla sales is a backroom deal to protect a monopoly.
He also says the government may be responsible for possible damages for faulty ignitions because it was running GM.
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