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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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  • The 'Vette: 'Rodney Dangerfield' of Autos? Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 11:44 AM ET

    Occasionally, when I state my opinion about a particular car or automaker, I get swamped with e-mails from people who think I'm an idiot. Yesterday was one of those days: I was talking about the new Corvette ZR1...

  • GM's $100,000 Corvette: Okay, I'm "Sold" On It Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 8:45 AM ET
    2009 Corvette ZR1

    I'll admit it, I've never really been a big Corvette fan. Don't get me wrong, I clearly see the car's appeal. But for my money, the 'vette has always been a solid sports car that failed to blow my doors off. I know, you 'vette fans are reading this and saying, "You are wacked Toyota Phil."

  • Eight Predictions For Autos in 2008 Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    As we close out this year, I know some of you are asking, "Hey Toyota Phil (a nickname a friend gave me after accusing me of giving the Japanese automaker too much praise) what do you think will happen in the auto industry next year?" Well, since you asked, and I know some of you haven't asked, here are my prognostications for 2008.

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    GoodYear tire company is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in treads.

  • Ford Motor assembly worker Agil Al-Haddi loads the aluminium roof rails for the all-new Ford 2015 F-150 pickup truck into a bin at the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan, November 11, 2014.

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  • General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra

    General Motors isn't changing anything in the long term because of lower gas prices, CEO Mary Barra tells CNBC in Davos.

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