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.

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Features by Stephen Beard

Volcanic rumblings stir economic concerns

Activity at Iceland's Bardabunga volcano raises fear of flight restrictions.
Posted In: air lines, airplane travel, volcano

British pubs: popular but disappearing

Britain's famous warm hostelries are giving way to supermarkets and other stores.
Posted In: pubs, urban planning, beer
Russia's embargo

Europe faces produce glut after Russian ban

The EU looks to offload its goods, which are now banned from Russia.
Posted In: Russia, sanctions, European Union
Gold

Fixing the fix: Price-setting precious metals in London

After a series of benchmark rigging scandals, London's gold fix looks tarnished.
Posted In: gold, silver, price fixing, precious metals, London

The Ukrainian rebel who started as a sci-fi writer

"We have this...fascinating phenomenon of a sci-fi writer playing real war games.”
Posted In: ukraine, Russia, science fiction, fiction

A small UK company with big graphene dreams

The wonder material isolated a decade ago has yet to live up to its promise.
Posted In: graphene, plastics, innovation, United Kingdom (U.K.)

Europeans weigh economic sanctions against Russia

What sanctions it would take to persuade Russia to change course.
Posted In: Russia, Crimea, ukraine, Putin, Malaysian Airlines

China levies bribery charges against British drugmaker

The Chinese government has detained GSK's China chief over corruption charges.
Posted In: China, fraud, bribery

A famous London bookstore hits back at digital trends

Celebrated British bookstore Foyles defies trends to bet on paper books.
Posted In: bookstore, London, Foyles, e-books, publishing

Coca-Cola ventures again into U.K. waters

After a flop with Dasani bottled water in the U.K., Coca Cola is returning there.
Posted In: bottled water, Britain, Coca-cola

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