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.
The cautious optimism is gone - replaced with a confidence in a profitable future. For Ford CEO Alan Mulally the company has transitioned into a new phase of growth. From here forward, Ford not only will be expected to be solidly profitable. And not just in most parts of the world, but in every region- including the U.S.
The smile on the face of GM Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. says it all. The quiet confidence from GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky makes it clear. Read between the lines, you'll see GM is speeding toward profitability.
Few at GM will admit it in the open. Heck, they don't even like to talk about it. But make no mistake, GM is moving to have an initial public offering. It's still too early to project when it will be, but I have little doubt it will happen this year.
While much of the country is fixated on the millions of Toyota vehicles that have been recalled, there's news about recalled cars that is getting little attention.
Small SUVs and compact crossover utility vehicles are now the most popular new vehicles in the U.S. according to analysis by TrueCar.
A novel theory suggests that NASCAR drivers named David have a better-than-usual chance of winning at Talladega.
Tesla's latest battery initiative proves it's worthy of investors' attention—just not at a valuation 10 times that of BMW, says Michael Yoshikami.
Robust demand for trucks, crossover and SUV's kept the industry on track for its best year in almost a decade.
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