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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.

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  • President Barack Obama makes a statement on his birth certificate at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2011.

    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?

  • Ford truck grille

    Citing commodity costs, Ford is raising prices for the third time this year. The latest increase is .03% or $124. Year to date, Ford has raised new car prices 1.3% or $375.

  • Right-turn drive down

    If the federal government has it's way, by the end of this year it will be mandatory for all new cars to have a black box data recorder.

  • car_accident_200.jpg

    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.

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    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.

  • 2010 Toyota Prius

    Toyota's independent North American Quality Advisory Panel, led by former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater has reached some conclusions after looking into the unintended acceleration crisis and recalls from late 2009 and early 2010.

  • Newspapers

    The fallout from Japanese automakers cutting production after a devastating earthquake and tsunami will soon hit local newspapers as well as local TV and radio stations.

  • 2011 Auto Sales Forecast

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on study that says U.S. auto sales will hit 16 million in annual sales by 2013 due to pent-up demand and aging fleet of current vehicles.

  • saab_9x_biohybrid_1.jpg

    Remember when Ford was considering selling Jaguar? The questions at the time were not much different than they were when GM first said it was looking into selling Saab. At the time, analysts talked about two brands that had equity with niche car buyers. Brands that had suffered while being lumped into a portfolio of other brands at Ford and GM. Brands that would surely survive and find their way after they were unloaded.

  • Rental Economy?

    Is the U.S. becoming a "rental economy"? CNBC's Courtney Reagan and Phil LeBeau take a look at the shift in consumer habits, and which companies are profiting.

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