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.
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After three years filled with recalls, limited supply, and a much needed redesign, the Toyota Camry has become the top selling vehicle in the U.S. Experian Automotive analyzed new vehicle registrations during the first half of this year and found 209,000 new Toyota Camry's in the U.S. compared to 202,000 Ford F-150 pick-up trucks. A year ago, Experian listed the F-150 as number one ahead of the Camry.
As the auto industry rebounds in the U.S. it is creating a strong demand for engineers. In fact, one recruiter said the auto industry is seeking more than a thousand engineers.
American Airlines has signed non-disclosure agreements with US Airways and British Airways as the bankrupt carrier further explores merging or selling a stake to another carrier.
For U.S. based airlines, Tropical Storm Isaac has been more of a nuisance than a major operational headache. While more than a 1,000 flights have been cancelled, there have been relatively few reports of stranded passengers stuck in airports. Credit the fact airlines have become more skilled at planning how to bring down their schedules when major storms hit the United States.
Only 150 will be made, celebrating the 50-year association with the movie franchise, USA Today reports.
Nissan is recalling nearly 300,000 of its Versa and Versa Note vehicles to adjust a console panel that could affect braking.
Honda is recalling 17,800 Honda Fits from the current model year due to an engine component that can degrade and cause the engine to stall.
A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with alleged felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager's email account.