Phil LeBeau

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," which won a 2014 Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Award.

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.


  • Driver's worst nightmare

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau shares one story of a Cobalt driver from CNBC's original hour-long documentary "Failure to Recall: Investigating GM," when her car turned itself off while driving.

  • What's ahead for General Motors

    Reuters managing editor Paul Ingrassia, discusses whether the $35 million fine from the federal government for General Motors will do lasting damage for the company.

  • It Happened to Me

    One woman's account of repeated stalling in her brand new Chevy Cobalt and the ensuing fight with her dealership to take the car back.

  • Inside GM's Corporate Culture

    To understand the GM scandal, you need to examine its corporate culture.

  • Waiting for a Part: The Recall Repair

    GM dealers across the country are beginning to repair the ignition switches of 2.6 million recalled vehicles. There's only one bottleneck: the cars can only be fixed as quickly as the dealerships receive the parts.

  • 'Was NHTSA asleep at the wheel?'

    Critics say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government agency charged with policing automakers, missed vital clues to the faulty ignition switch - while NHTSA's new chief blames GM for withholding crucial information.

  • Mary Barra testifying on Capitol Hill on April 2, 2014, about faulty GM ignition switches.

    To understand how General Motors failed to address major safety problems, you have to examine the culture there before Mary Barra became CEO.

  • GM to federal government: You have full access

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau discusses GM's ignition recall problems ahead of the Department of Transportation news conference. LeBeau says NHTSA wants to know how General Motors is going to revamp their oversight of safety issues.

  • DOT's Foxx: GM knew about defect for years

    Anthony Foxx, Department of Transportation, said General Motors knew about ignition switch problems years before this past February. GM knew danger existed and said nothing, Foxx said.

  • GM agrees to pay $35 million fine

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports General Motors and has agreed to pay a $35 million fine and provide NHTSA full access to their internal investigation related to its ignition switch recall.

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