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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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.
Posted In: Canada
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U.S. airlines exempt from carbon trading

The EU has altered its new carbon emission restrictions to affect only flights within Europe — at least initially. But as U.S. airlines could be missing out. Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada, Travel
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Iran, Venezuela attack the dollar

The Iranian and Venezuelan governments have cut their dollar holdings, but don't expect other central banks to follow suit. Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada
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Blair halts BAE-Saudi bribery probe

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is defending his decision to scrap a major corruption investigation. Saudi Arabia had threatened to pull out of a multibillion-dollar defense contract if he didn't. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada
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Britain drops arms investigation

The British government has provoked a hail of criticism after ditching a major corruption inquiry that had been threatening a $12 billion defense deal with Saudi Arabia. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada
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BP's under investigation — again

The British oil giant says it could face U.S. charges of price manipulation. It's the third time this year that BP has run afoul of market regulators. Stephen Beard reports.
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BP accused of price fixing . . . again

British oil giant BP says it could face charges of price fixing futures in the unleaded gasoline market. Stephan Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Crime
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E.U. keeps Turkey out of the club

European Union leaders will meet in Brussels to make it official: Turkey's application to join the E.U. is on hold. Turkey's been trying to get in for decades and it's not expected to give up. Stephen Beard reports.
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EU crackdown on chemicals

The European Union's REACH law is expected to pass today. It would regulate use of chemicals in products sold in the EU — and that could cost U.S. companies big-time. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

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