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.


  • On the Road With Tesla's Model S

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports how his test drive from Washington DC to Boston is going at around the midway point.

  • Tesla's Test Drive: Charge!

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau is on the road with the latest update on his electric journey, driving Tesla Motor's Model S car from Washington, DC to Boston.

  • LeBeau's Tesla Test Drive Update

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau provides an update on his Tesla Model S test drive from Washington, DC to Boston. (5:12)

  • CNBC's Tesla Test Drive

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau hops behind the wheel of Tesla's Model S and starts his drive from Washington, DC to Boston to test the range and performance of the automobile. (3:00)

  • Merger Gain, Passenger Pain?

    How might the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways impact passengers? CNBC's Phil LeBeau and Daniel Gross, Newsweek Daily Beast columnist, offer insight.

  • Airbus has started informing airlines that have ordered the new A350 that the new plane will have Nickel-Cadmium batteries, rather than lithium-ion batteries, the European plane maker told CNBC Thursday.

  • Buffett, Brazil & Billions

    Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G are buying Heinz in a $28 billion deal. Also, American Airlines and U.S. Airways have officially announced their merger, which creates the largest airline in the world, with CNBC's Brian Shactman and Phil LeBeau.

  • The Urge to Merge

    3G will have 50 percent equity in Heinz, and run the business operations, reports CNBC's Brian Shactman; and CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on the merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines. Jamie Baker, JPMorgan airline analyst, and Tim Ramey, D.A. Davidson & Co., weigh in.

  • US Airways & AMR's $11 Billion Deal

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on the $11 billion deal between U.S. Airways and American Airlines.

  • Once the merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines is completed 87 percent of the commercial flights in America will be flown by the four biggest carriers.

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