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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E.U. nations uneasy towards newcomers

A week before Bulgaria and Romania are set to join the European Union, the feeling from the other member nations is a bit frosty. Stephen Beard explores fears stemming from the two countries' bad reputations.
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Foreign firm buys chunk of American

There must be profits in those planes. An investment fund from Iceland has bought a 6 percent stake in American Airlines. Stephen Beard reports.
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Promote it the UK way

New laws regulating fast food ads aimed at kids are threatening to take a bite out of Burger King's profits in the UK. Stephen Beard reports.
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In 2006, we <em>really</em> paid at the pump

In terms of oil prices, we're ending the year in better shape than what we were in several months ago. Marketplace's Stephen Beard and host Bob Moon take a look at one of the biggest hits to our wallets this year.
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The economics of A Christmas Carol

A classic tale about the true value of money, author Charles Dickens rooted "A Christmas Carol" in the economic reality of Victorian England. A harsh reality indeed, reports Stephen Beard.
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Russia turns its sights on BP

Shell finally caved yesterday and agreed to sell its controlling stake in a Russian oil and gas project to the state-run oil company Gazprom. Now the Kremlin is turning up the heat on BP. Stephen Beard reports.
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Will robots have inalienable rights?

A British government report says robots could soon be such an important part of the world's economy that they might require political rights. Stephen Beard reports from London.
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Iran admits its energy industry is suffering

Iran has admitted that its nuclear stance is sapping foreign interest &mdash; and investment &mdash; in its oil and gas project. Stephen Beard reports.
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Robots have rights too!

Or at least they could one day soon, say researchers who've been studying possible scenarios for the next 50 years. They conclude robots might play a major role in the global economy. Stephen Beard has details.
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Tsunami victims still waiting for aid

It's been almost two years since the Asian tsunami killed over 200,000 people and left another half million homeless. But the UN says only half the aid money pledged has reached the devastated region. Stephen Beard reports.
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