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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.


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    2011 Buick Lacrosse

    Admit it, the headline made you chuckle. You probably thought to yourself, "Yeah right, there is no way Buick could catch the #1 luxury brand in the U.S."

  • Why German Autos Struggle with Reliability Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 1:30 PM ET

    Among auto industry report cards, the Consumer Reports annual ranking of top makes and models is considered among the most important to watch.

  • The Great Brazil — Russia Auto Race Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 1:47 PM ET

    It's in Russia, Brazil and in the developing markets where the automakers will lay the groundwork for their success later this decade.


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