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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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  • GM to Pull Ads From Facebook Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 10:03 AM ET
    GM to Pull Ads From Facebook

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports automaker, GM is pulling its $10 million in direct ads from Facebook after determining those ads had little impact on the consumers, but will retain their brand pages and marketing on the social website.

  • World's Biggest Brands Flex Their Muscles Monday, 14 May 2012 | 9:58 AM ET
    The Toyota Motor Corp. 86 sports coupe is driven by Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., during its unveiling at Fuji Speedway in Oyama Town, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Toyota Motor Corp. introduced its new 86 coupe today, betting that the 200-horsepower sports car will widen the Japanese automaker's appeal beyond its best-selling Camry sedan and Prius hybrid.

    How many different brands of commercial vehicles are sold around the world? The answer: More than 200. All-together, those brands sold more than 79 million cars and trucks around the world last year. That was a new record.

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    In a world of large numbers, try wrapping your head around these digits: This year, the world is expected to set a new record with the sale of 80 million cars and trucks. Let me put that into perspective.

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