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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.


  • Dreamliner Arrives, but Is It Enough For United? Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 3:01 PM ET

    On a day when United Airlines was basking in the glow of being the first U.S. Airline to take delivery of a 787 Dreamliner, its CEO admits his airline has to do better.

  • Young Car Buyers Coming Back, Picking Korean Brands Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    There’s a change in auto showrooms around the country. Sales to young buyers between the ages of 18 to 24 are up for the first time since 2007. 

  • New Car Sales' Youthful Boost Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
    New Car Sales' Youthful Boost

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports new car sales among 18 to 34 year olds are finally back on the rise.


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