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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," 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.


  • Will New Chevy Spark GM Sales? Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
    Will New Chevy Spark GM Sales?

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau, and Mark Reuss, GM North America president explains why the automaker is betting big on its first all-electric vehicle.

  • Toyota Is Back, but Can It Stay on Top? Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 11:56 AM ET
    Toyota Venza

    Competition will make it tough for Toyota to surge past Ford into 2nd place. If the economy perks up, so will truck sales and Ford should further strengthen its 15.5% market share.

  • GM’s Ally Deal Gives It a Big Global Foothold Friday, 23 Nov 2012 | 12:34 PM ET
    Signs stand in front of the General Motors world headquarters complex in Detroit, Michigan.

    General Motors, just three years out of bankruptcy, is taking a big step to bolster its captive finance operations overseas. The world’s largest automaker bought the international operations of Ally Financial for $4.2 Billion.


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