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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.


  • Ford Pays Down $2.3B Debt Tuesday, 7 Jun 2011 | 12:45 PM ET
    Ford Pays Down $2.3B Debt

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports Ford will pay down $2.3 billion in term loans and reduce other debt; Marc Chandler, BBH discusses the effectiveness of QE2, and the Fast Money traders weigh in on which trades to play today.

  • Daniel Akerson, Managing Director of The Carlyle Group

    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?

  • Chrysler grille

    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.


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