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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.


  • How Much Will That Car Actually Cost You? Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 3:20 PM ET

    Of all the studies, reports, and predictions about how new cars and trucks will hold up after we buy them, the Kelley Blue Book total cost of ownership may be the most interesting, and perhaps the most relevant for many buyers.

  • A123 Gets a Much Needed Boost Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 2:55 PM ET
    Chrysler's ecoVoyager concept car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show.The ecoVoyager mates an lithium-ion battery pack to an advanced hydrogen fuel cell, resulting in a vehicle with a range of more than 300 miles that emits nothing from the tailpipe but water vapor.

    This is one of those days when the folks at A123 can breathe a little easier. The company that makes battery cells and components for electric powered cars is celebrating a new contract with General Motors spacerand a rebound in it's stock price.

  • Gut Check Time for Auto Investors Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 1:29 PM ET

    As auto stocks plunge along with the rest of the stock market, many investors are facing a dilemma. How long do they hold onto stocks that could go dramatically lower?


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