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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.

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  • Big 3 Bailout

    An old friend of mine always used to say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch."

  • Why The Worst Is Over For The Auto Industry Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | 9:01 AM ET

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  • Why A Bankrupt GM Is A Horrible Idea Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 8:56 AM ET
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    For the past couple of weeks I've been telling viewers, readers, neighbors why a General Motor's bankruptcy is the last thing we want to see. Some have called me an apologist for Detroit. Others have said I'm clueless.

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  • 2015 Ford F-150

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    Wal-Mart says Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway weren't wearing seatbelts.

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