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

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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    Looking to drive American? You might wind up in a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. In fact, as the latest ranking of cars and trucks "Made in America" shows, it's not always Big 3 models with the most parts and labor coming from here in the US.

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    With the White House and regulators informing automakers that they intend to push for fuel economy standards in the US to rise to an average of 56.2 MPG by 2025 you can count on an industry to push back and say "slow down."

  • Record Week For Airbus

    Airbus is flying high after scoring a record number of orders at the Paris Air Show, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

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    Ford the first time since Ford CEO Alan Mulally took charge of the automaker, its initial quality scores have fallen below the industry average.

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    There's an interesting debate in the auto industry right now about used car prices. After surging to an all time high in May, the question is whether they have a peaked?

  • 2005-2007 Ford Freestyle

    In the last week and a half General Motors and Ford have both given Wall Street and investors positive outlooks. And the response from investors has been a collective shrug of the shoulders. It raises the question: what do investors want from America's two largest automakers?

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    Almost three months after an earthquake and tsunami shut down Toyota's Japanese plants and caused a slow down in global production, Toyota is bouncing back faster than expected.

  • 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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