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

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.


  • As of Tuesday, the NTSB had interviewed two of the four pilots who were on Asiana 214. But, has yet to interview Lee Gang-guk, the pilot at the controls.

  • What Happened on Flight 214?

    Investigators from the NTSB will meet with the pilots of flight 214 again this weekend. Was flight speed the main reason behind the Asiana crash? CNBC's Phil LeBeau has the latest details.

  • NTSB Talks to Asiana Pilots

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports the National Transportation Safety Board was able to arrange interviews with four of the pilots on the crash of Asiana Flight 214.

  • NTSB's Hersman: Pilots Need Sufficient Experience

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau talks with NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman about the latest findings on the crash landing of Asiana Flight 214.

  • A Boeing 777 airplane lies burned on the runway after it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California. An Asiana Airlines passenger aircraft coming from Seoul, South Korea crashed while landing.

    New questions are being raised about the training of pilots for fast growing foreign airlines as federal crash investigators prepare to interview the pilots of Asiana Flight 214.

  • What Happened in San Francisco Crash?

    Questions are growing about the pilot of the flight, who allegedly had only 43 hours of flight experience on the aircraft, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Investigation of Asiana 214 Crash Ongoing

    The NTSB will be analyzing air traffic control records, weather and the crew's action from data recorders on board the plane, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • NTSB Team Searches for Crash Clues

    CNBC' Phil LeBeau has the latest details on the tragic crash of Asiana flight 214 on Sunday which left two passengers dead.

  • Asiana 214 Pilot in Question

    The investigation into what caused the weekend crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 is still ongoing, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau with the latest details.

  • Tragedy on the Runway

    The investigation into what caused the weekend crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 is still ongoing, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau with the latest details.

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