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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.

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  • Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Co., speaks during the unveiling of the Ford Fusion in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Mulally said he has no plans to retire from Ford Motor Co., the second-biggest U.S. automaker.

    Ford in the U.S. continues to grow profits and profit margins with a steady cadence of new and re-designed models. That will be the focus this fall even as reporters pepper Mulally with questions about his succession plans.

  • US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at Eden Park September 17, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Obama said Monday he liked to 'walk the walk, not just talk the talk' on combating China trade abuses, in a sharp jab at his Republican foe Mitt Romney.

    It was classic American political theater in Ohio. President Obama, campaigning hard to win votes in a state where one out of every eight jobs is connected in some fashion to the auto industry, chose today to announce the U.S. has filed a trade case with the World Trade Organization against China.

  • Ford's CEO Transition Won't Change Its Biggest Problem Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 10:14 AM ET
    Mark Fields, president of the Americas for Ford Motor Co., right, and Alan Mulally, the company's president and chief executive officer.

    The big challenge at Ford remains the mounting losses in Europe. They're already more than $500 million this year and could eventually reach $1.5 billion this year.

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