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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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  • Chrysler's Road Ahead Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    I hear it all the time from car buffs, Chrysler fans, and those who lament the struggles of the American automakers. It goes something like this: "Why is Chrysler cutting back here in the U.S. and looking to expand overseas?"

  • Muscle Cars: Readers Want To Keep Revving Up Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 10:51 AM ET

    Yesterday, I blogged about the growing speculation in the auto industry that we may be seeing the final hurrah for muscle cars. And yes, many of you took me to task for calling pony cars, muscle cars. Anyway, I was blown away by the e-mails many of you sent to me in which you said, "NO WAY! WE'RE NOT GIVING UP ON MUSCLE CARS!" Here's a sampling.

  • Muscle Cars: Should They Be "Driven" To Extinction? Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 9:40 AM ET
    2008 Dodge Challenger

    Earlier this week, an article in the Detroit News broached the question, "Are the days of the Muscle car numbered?" It was an interesting piece that has sparked a debate among people I know in the auto industry.

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