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.


  • On the Road With Tesla's Model S Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 11:14 AM ET
    On the Road With Tesla's Model S

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports how his test drive from Washington DC to Boston is going at around the midway point.

  • Tesla's Test Drive: Charge! Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 9:45 AM ET
    Tesla's Test Drive: Charge!

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau is on the road with the latest update on his electric journey, driving Tesla Motor's Model S car from Washington, DC to Boston.

  • LeBeau's Tesla Test Drive Update Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 8:15 AM ET
    LeBeau's Tesla Test Drive Update

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau provides an update on his Tesla Model S test drive from Washington, DC to Boston. (5:12)


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