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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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    In the tug of war between packing more technology into cars and making sure what we’re driving is not “too wired,” it is more clear than ever that the future of the auto industry is tied to the future of the tech industry.

  • Used Car Prices Starting to Fall Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 11:41 AM ET

    After three years with used car prices surging to levels where it often made more sense to buy new instead of used, the price pendulum for pre-owned cars is swinging the other way.

  • Jet Engine Makers Losing Power Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 5:51 PM ET
    The engine of the Airbus A380 at the Airbus plant in Hamburg on October 30, 2009.

    United Technologies’ CFO said the Pratt & Whitney division is seeing weak jet engine parts sales, attributing the weakness to airlines conserving cash. And GE's Aviation divison is seeing softness in the market.


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