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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.


  • Tesla's Big Bet on Electric Cars Tuesday, 4 Oct 2011 | 2:29 PM ET
    Tesla's Big Bet on Electric Cars

    Tesla Motors debuts its newest electric vehicle, but will the company's big bet on electric cars drive sales in the U.S.? CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports.

  • Car dealership

    After months of hearing auto executives and consultants tell us that sales would pick up in the last third of the year, it appears the late summer surge has finally kicked in. Relax, we're still a long ways from the glory days of auto sales, but September is encouraging.

  • Did Boeing Violate Federal Labor Laws? Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 11:56 AM ET
    Did Boeing Violate Federal Labor Laws?

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau has the story on the battle between Boeing and union workers.


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