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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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  • More Miles, Less Pollution: Hope Versus Reality Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | 9:21 AM ET

    I hear it all the time. "Those guys know how to build a car that can get 50 MPG, but they just don't want to."

  • Let's Make A Deal, Or Not Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | 9:26 AM ET
    Auto Sales Drop

    When I strolled into the New Orleans Convention Center this weekend for the National Auto Dealers Association annual meeting, I expected optimism. Even in a recession, these guys are sales people. It's what they do.

  • Obama's Auto Plan Must Withstand "January Storm" Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | 9:33 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    Wondering what President Obama is planning to do to save the auto industry? Just ask some of the people the President's advisors have been consulting.

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