Based in London and reporting for the entire Marketplace portfolio, Stephen Beard provides daily coverage of Europe’s business and economic developments.

When asked what he most enjoys about his work, he answers simply, “Travel.” Over the past two years, he produced a series of features on the European debt crisis, reported from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and various locations in Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Beard has spent four decades in radio. Before joining Marketplace in 1993, he worked for 20 years as a BBC staffer and freelance reporter, in addition to time with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with commercial broadcasting stations in Manchester, England, and Victoria, British Columbia. His reporting has taken him throughout North America and Europe as well as the Middle East, China, Australia, Malaysia and India.

Beard holds a prestigious Clarion Award for his report on the death of U.S. politician Ron Brown; a National Federation of Community Broadcasters Golden Reel award for a series on modern-day slavery; and a New York Festivals Silver World Medal for his series on the changing face of Eastern Europe.

Beard is a graduate of the University of Leeds, with an honors degree in Law.

When not working, he enjoys reading biographies and tending his small farm outside London, which includes 110 ewes, one very noisy cockerel and an elderly, non-laying hen. In addition to his impressive journalism CV, he has also worked as a deep-sea fisherman and a bingo caller.

Features By Stephen Beard

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Tackling piracy with a private 'navy'

Pirates are no longer a relic of the distant past. Many ships have been attacked in the Indian Ocean by modern Somali pirates. One entrepreneur is now offering private protection vessels to shipping companies. He says these may be more effective than national navies.
Posted In: pirates
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British record store files for bankruptcy

Unable to compete with online retailers, British record store HMV files for bankruptcy.
Posted In: music industry
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Half of world's food is thrown out, wasted: Study

Up to half the world’s food is wasted -- that’s the conclusion of a study by Britain’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Posted In: Food for 9 Billion, food and drink, climate change, energy, waste
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U.K. government battles to cut deficit

The U.K.'s coalition government has just passed the halfway point in its first term. Critics say its continuing tough talk on austerity is constraining growth.
Posted In: U.K., Britain, david cameron, deficit-cutting, austerity
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Boeing Dreamliner fire: Just a bunch of smoke?

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner caught on fire yesterday after landing in Boston. No passengers were injured, but the verdict is still out on the injuries Boeing might suffer.
Posted In: airline safety, airplanes, Boeing, Dreamliner 787
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A user's guide to Basel

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision made some significant changes to the financial rules of the road today.
Posted In: Banks, Basel
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Al Jazeera buys U.S. news channel Current TV

Estimates are Al Jazeera will pay $500 million for Current. In exchange, Al Jazeera will get access to about 40 million homes in the U.S.
Posted In: news media, Al Jazeera, Time Warner
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Europe, post-fiscal cliff

European stocks scored gains in early trading after the United States reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, but will the optimism last?
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Europe, Europe debt crisis
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Britain glad, but not surprised, over fiscal cliff's end

British worry that Americans will just keep printing money, rather than focus on our own austerity measures.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Britain
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2012 was a gusher year for OPEC

OPEC earned a record $1 trillion in revenues in 2012, and the average price of oil was the highest ever.
Posted In: Oil, OPEC

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