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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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  • New Car Buyers Stretching Out Payments Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 5:14 PM ET

    As more Americans go into dealerships to buy a new car or truck, they are increasingly stretching out their auto loans to at least five years in length, and often to six and seven years.

  • Toyota Unplugs Electric Car Hype Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 12:41 PM ET
    Vice chairman of Toyota Motor, Takeshi Uchiyamada (R), introduces the company's new compact electric vehicle called the 'eQ', at the company's showroom in Tokyo on September 24, 2012.

    Toyota has decided to cool off its once ambitious plans for developing electric cars.

  • 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.

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