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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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  • First Class Drama in the Skies

    Travelers racking up frequent flyer miles could find it tougher to achieve certain status levels, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Frequent Flyer Miles in the Crosshairs

    There are big changes coming to many frequent flier programs, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • The airline business is finally a profitable one because the carriers have brought down their capacity. They've done it by stripping out flights and replacing larger planes on many routes with smaller regional jets.

  • Airlines Soar to Rare Q1 Profit

    Fewer and fuller flights could pay off for airlines and investors, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau. And Bob McAdoo of Imperial Capital tells investors how they can translate the positive in their portfolios.

  • Volvo's cyclist detection with full auto brake.

    After years of talk about the need for cars and trucks to do a better job of detecting and preventing accidents with bicyclists, Volvo has taken the first concrete step in that direction. Here's how it works.

  • NTSB: No Conclusion on Dreamliner Investigation

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports the details on the battery fire investigation aboard a Japan Airlines 787 in Boston in January.

  • Despite a huge increase in the cost of gas since 1970, a new study by the University of Michigan showed that more people are driving alone. It's the latest reflection of how driving in America has changed over the last 43 years.

  • High-end cars are in high demand. In fact, ultra-luxury auto sales are off to a roaring start in 2013 as wealthy car buyers snatch up Bentleys, Lamborghinis and other pricey models at a rate far greater than the industry sales pace.

  • Lamborghini's $4M 'Veneno' Tops Ultra-Luxury Car List

    Auto sales in the U.S. are at the highest levels since 2007 and it's the ultra-luxury brands likes Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Bentley, and Lamborghini that are seeing the biggest demand, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau, live outside CNBC headquarters. (4:31)

  • American car buyers, attracted by new models and cheap financing, are taking out bigger auto loans and stretching out the terms of those loans to a new record length.

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