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Philip LeBeau

CNBC Auto and Airline Industry Reporter

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.

Follow Phil LeBeau on Twitter @Lebeaucarnews.

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  • Are You Still Getting The "Thrill" Of Driving? Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 8:44 AM ET
    South California highway

    The latest numbers showing fewer Americans on the highway comes at a time when I was visiting dealers in Southern California. While all have seen business decline, they also say demand for performance remains strong.

  • Honda's Clarity: Hydrogen's Hot New Ride Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 10:03 AM ET
    Honda FCX Clarity

    The Clarity is no science project that just puttters along. It has the power and feel of a standard gas-powered car. Granted, it's not a hot rod, but it's no wallflower either.

  • Ford Line-Up Cut Would Be A Good Thing Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 11:36 AM ET
    Ford Taurus X

    The report today from the Detroit News that Ford is preparing to stop building the Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus X crossover is one of those stories I read and immediately said, "It's about time". In my opinion, these are the types of moves Ford needs to make quickly if it's going to jump start sales with fresh, attractive models.

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