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.


  • Delta Buying 49% Stake in Virgin Atlantic

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports the latest details of the $360 million deal and what it means for Delta and air travelers in general.

  • Delta CEO on Virgin Stake

    Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson weighs in on his company's decision to purchase a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic.

  • Delta Buying Stake in Virgin

    Delta Air Lines is officially buying a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic for $360 million. CNBC's Phil LeBeau breaks down the terms of the deal.

  • Delta Buying Stake in Virgin

    Delta is buying a 49 percent stake in Virgin, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau. And the company will retain its name, for now.

  • Delta & Virgin Deal Completed

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports Delta is preparing to invest $360 million to acquire a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic.

  • Luxury Automakers Race for Buyers

    Competition between Mercedes and BMW is heating up creating some very attractive deals for consumers, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Why Are Workers Refusing Jobs?

    James Bianco, Bianco Research; Joe Lavorgna, Deutsche Bank chief U.S. economist; and Austan Goolsbee, University of Chicago professor, discuss today's positive jobs data and worker shortages in some industries, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Big Brother in a Black Box

    The White House has given the green light to putting black boxes in new cars, but it's raising privacy concerns, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Manufacturers Can't Fill Job Openings

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports there's a growing frustration trying to fill job openings in the second and third shifts, despite an eight percent unemployment rate.

  • Manufacturers are struggling to fill jobs, and the problem isn't always a skills shortage.

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