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

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.


  • Tesla's Big PR Fail

    Auto firm Tesla is giving a New York Times reviewer a car. The goal was to show off Tesla's "electric highway" of charging stations for its electric car between Washington and Boston. The problem was that the car didn't make it. CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports.

  • American Airlines and US Airways aircraft sit on the tarmac at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

    After more than a year of courtship, US Airways is just days from finally merging with American Airlines, and some are wondering if this is the end of the line for the run-up in airline stocks.

  • Dreamliner Cleared for Test Flight

    787 test flights cannot be flown over populated areas, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Three weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the head of the NTSB said assumptions about the planes' lithium-ion batteries should be reconsidered.

  • Boeing 787 Ferry Flight Lands

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on Boeing 787's ferry flight as it lands in Everett, Washington after a trip from Texas.

  • NTSB 787 Battery Investigation Update

    The NTSB gives its second update on the investigation into the January 7th fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. And, CNBC's Phil LeBeau weighs in on the dual tracking of the FAA on the investigation. Also, Mary Schiavo, provides her perspective on who is in the cross hairs of the NTSB investigation, how long it will take to give Boeing "the green light" to resume flights.

  • NTSB 787 Battery Investigation Press Conference

    The NTSB gives its second update on the investigation into the January 7th fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

  • 787 Ferry Flight Takes Off

    CNBC'S Phil LeBeau reports a 787 Dreamliner took off on a ferry flight to Washington.

  • Boeing's 787 Granted Ferry Flight Today

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports the FAA has granted a waiver for a 787 Dreamliner to take a ferry flight back to the Boeing plant in Everett, Washington.

  • News Taking Flight

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau has the update on two big developments coming from the aviation sector this morning. Boeing has a plan to fix its 787 battery problem, and a merger in the works to create the world's largest airline.

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