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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."

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.


  • Ohio's Auto Industry in Overdrive Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 7:51 AM ET
    Ohio's Auto Industry in Overdrive

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports the "Buckeye State's" auto industry is rebounding and it's a big reason the state's unemployment rate is 7.1 percent; lower than the national average.

  • Youngstown's Rebound Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    Youngstown's Rebound

    Phil Lebeau reports from Youngstown, Ohio, where auto manufacturing and energy exploration are leading the manufacturing rebound in the swing state.

  • Ohio's Fracking Boom Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    Ohio's Fracking Boom

    Ohio expects its number of wells to grow to 850 by the end of 2013, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.


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