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.
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This week General Motors will hold its first annual meeting since coming out of bankruptcy two years ago, and among the flurry of questions about GM one will stand out: Is the new GM a changed company?
After almost two years with the federal government owning a sizable chunk of Chrysler, the once bankrupt auto maker is now free and clear of Uncle Sam. Thursday night Chrysler parent Fiat paid $500 million for the U.S. Treasury Department's 6% stake in Chrysler. Now comes the fun part.
The knee jerk reaction to May auto sales would be dismissing them as irrelevant since it was a strange mix of factors.
Later this week, President Obama will go to a Chrysler plant to talk about the once bankrupt automaker which has fully re-paid bail out loans from the federal government. In other words, it's a victory lap for President Obama and his Auto Task Force. So what's the problem with it?
The latest set of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show something few would have thought was possible 10 or 15 years ago: several small cars are among the safest on the road. Surprised? Don't be. The results show small cars are benefiting from new technology developed to protect passengers.
More than once Mark and I sparred on air about what was happening with the Big Three as they were losing billions of dollars. I loved those exchanges.
Modifying Volkswagen diesel cars sold in the United States will be more complicated because of stricter rules on emissions.
South Korea said its own testing showed that Volkswagen intentionally manipulated a diesel emissions device in vehicles with an older engine.
Recent UAW contracts are the most generous in more than a decade, but there could be consequences. The NYT reports.
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