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

On the ground in Paris

Kai Ryssdal talks with Marketplace's Stephen Beard, who reports from Paris.
Posted In: Paris attacks, isis, terrorism

Paris in the wake of Friday's attacks

Paris returns to some degree of normalcy, but locals are still shaken.
Posted In: paris, France, terrorism
People hold placards during a massive demonstration as part of a 24-hour general strike in Athens on Thursday. Around 20,000 people demonstrated against the leftist government of Alexis Tspiras who swept to power on an anti-austerity ticket.

Greece — crisis abating or more trouble ahead?

The government is supporting a strike against government austerity measures.
Posted In: Greece, strike, syriza party, Alexis Tsipras

UK government's internet plans spark snooping fears

The government wants customers phone and web records available for one year.
Posted In: United Kingdom, Internet, spying
A branch of the British bank Lloyds in London.

UK considers bonus cuts to boost women in banking

A new study commissioned by the UK government tackles banking's gender imbalance.
Posted In: United Kingdom, gender inequality

French weatherman creates climate change storm

French forecaster may lose his job because of his book questioning climate change.
Posted In: global warming, climate change, global climate change
President of China Xi Jinping and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in London, England.

Warm welcome for China's president in UK

Xi Jinping is on a 4-day visit. His hosts want Chinese investment.
Posted In: China, Xi Jinping, United Kingdom
 A German policeman stands near migrants waiting on the bridge over the Inn river to cross into Germany on Sunday in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

In Germany, the mood is turning against refugees

As the number of asylum seekers grows, so do Germans' anxieties.
Posted In: Germany, refugees, migrants

In Britain, left-wing policies resurface

What Bernie Sanders has in common with the head of the UK Labour Party.
Posted In: Bernie Sanders, income inequality, socialist
Catalans fly the flag for independence on National Day.

Catalonia's regional vote sparks concerns across Spain

Elections Sunday in the prosperous region could trigger a political crisis.
Posted In: spain, Catalonia, separatism


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