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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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  • Cash For Clunkers A Win/Win/Win? Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 11:58 AM ET
    Gas-guzzlers

    Congress is once again kicking around the idea of giving people an incentive to trade in their old car or truck for a newer, more fuel efficient model. It's an idea that has sparked demand for new cars in other countries around the world. And frankly, it is one of the few incentive programs that is a win/win situation.

  • Chrysler's Big Push Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | 1:43 PM ET
    Bob Nardelli

    Two weeks before the deadline for President Obama's Auto Task Force to decide whether or not to lend Chrysler, GM and suppliers billions more in Federal aid, Chrysler CEO is very clear: he needs a decision.

  • Auto Bailout Political Dance Starts Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 2:40 PM ET

    After almost a month of virtual silence by nearly everyone involved in the auto bailout talks, the primary players are starting to talk.

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    Honda cut its annual profit forecast as it set aside more cash to cover an expanded recall of cars to replace potentially faulty air bags.

  • Still from Mercedes' Super Bowl commercial "Fable"

    General Motors, Ford and Audi are among the list of automakers that have decided not to spend $4.5 million to run 30-second commercials.

  • A Honda Odyssey is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Tokyo.

    A record total of nine models sold during the 2011 model-year have had a driver death rate of zero, NBC News reports.

  • 2011-2012 Toyota Avalon

    The Japanese car manufacturer issued the recall because of a wire problem that could lead to a fire.

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