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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.


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    Sandy Creates Rental-Car Shortage for Thanksgiving

    “With the content going into new cars and trucks, the costs will have to be passed along to buyers,”says John Humphrey, Senior Vice President of J.D. Power.

  • Optimism Fuels L.A. Auto Show Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 11:55 AM ET
    1929 Lincoln L Dietrich Convertible Coupe appears as part of Lincoln's Heritage On Display At Los Angeles Auto Show Press Day at Los Angeles Convention Center on November 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

    In a city where it's all about building buzz, the auto industry is quietly generating the kind of optimism it hasn't seen in at least five years.

  • 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.


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