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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What's up (in 2013), Europe?

A look at what's in store for the European debt crisis in 2013.
Posted In: Eurozone, Europe debt crisis
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Graphene material gets big investment from Britain

The British government is plowing more public money into a miracle new substance. Graphene is said to be the lightest, thinnest and strongest material known to man. It was developed in Britain and could revolutionize high-tech manufacturing.
Posted In: Britain, Science
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In U.K., a different kind of gun control

A look at Europe's gun laws, which are much stricter than in the U.S.
Posted In: guns, gun control
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Queen Elizabeth delivers Christmas message in 3-D

Each year on Christmas, Queen Elizabeth delivers a holiday message to her subjects. This year, she's making her 3D debut.
Posted In: United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, 3d
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Mario Monti open to leading Italy again

The outgoing Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti, has said he would would be prepared to head up any new government committed to his economic reforms.
Posted In: italy, Mario Monti, Europe debt crisis, austerity
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Fishman goes from market stall to musical stardom

London fish vendor Shahid Nazir sang the praises of his produce so musically that it led to a song, a record deal and Internet stardom, but he might prove a one-hit wonder.
Posted In: Music, online video
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Coal could soon be the world's top energy source

The International Energy Agency says coal will overtake oil and become the number one fuel within a decade unless government policies change.
Posted In: coal, energy
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Using Twitter to summon emergency help

On the face of it, it sounds crazy: Your house or apartment is on fire, and rather than phoning the emergency services, you tweet them. But that is what the London Fire Brigade is mulling over.
Posted In: Britain, Twitter, fire, emergency
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UBS could face a $1 billion LIBOR settlement

The Swiss banking giant UBS is reportedly headed for a $1 billion settlement over accusations it rigged LIBOR interest rates -- the benchmark for global lending.
Posted In: Banks, LIBOR, UBS
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Britain's energy needs overcome fracking fears

Britain's government has given a company the green light for further hydraulic fracturing. The extraction of shale gas is seen as an economic lifeline as North Sea oil and gas deposits dwindle.
Posted In: fracking, U.K.

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