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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.


  • Chevy and Hyundai Crash the Compact Car Party Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 12:03 PM ET

    For the longest time, it seems like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic were the Lakers and Celtics of compact cars. Year in, year out they dominated the category. Sometimes it was because the competition from Detroit was non-existent. Sometimes because they were so far superior to their competition from around the world it was a joke. Those days are gone.

  • High Gas Prices Don't Slow Down April Auto Sales Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 2:55 PM ET
    Car dealership

    How this for going against the conventional wisdom. Gas prices are surging, automakers are offering lower incentives, and yet auto sales remain robust.

  • Quietly, Chrysler Positions Itself for Growth Monday, 2 May 2011 | 9:11 AM ET
    Chrysler grille

    It is important news that will be drowned out by far more important news. Chrysler is once again back in the black with its first profitable quarter since coming out of bankruptcy nearly two years ago.


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