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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ECB keeps Greek debt secrets under wraps

The European Central Bank has won a legal battle against Bloomberg News to keep some of the ECB’s internal documents about Greece's debt private.
Posted In: Greece, ECB, bloomberg
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UK press may face tougher regulation after hacking scandal

UK officials are expected to recommend a new, tougher media regulatory body following a series of phone-hacking, bribery, and data theft abuses by the country's newspapers.
Posted In: UK, hacking, news media, media
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British government wants booze price hike

Faced with the costs of alcoholism and alcohol-related crime, Britain's government wants to introduce a mandatory minimum price for alcohol. Cheap drink is believed to cost the country billions of dollars each year.
Posted In: Britain, alcohol
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BP banned from doing business with U.S. government

The ban means BP will not be able to receive government contracts, loans or grants -- at least for a while.
Posted In: BP, bp oil spill, Oil, U.S.
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Cadbury to release non-melting chocolate bar

Cadbury, which is now owned by Kraft Foods, has developed a chocolate bar resistant to heat up 104 degrees.
Posted In: Kraft, chocolate, cadbury, Tech
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Glencore, Xstrata merger approved by EU

Glencore, the Swiss commodities trading firm, is trying to takeover a mining company called Xstrata. And the deal just got a stamp of approval from European regulators.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, mining, Glencore, Xstrata
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Could Britain leave the European Union?

Britain contributes far more to the budget of the European Union than it receives in subsidies for agriculture and infrastructure. Its prime minister wants to freeze the budget where it is.
Posted In: Britain, david cameron, Brixit, European Union
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European Union searching for agreement on budget

European Union leaders are gathering in Brussels to hammer out a budget for the EU. And the task will not be easy with the continent still trying desperately to claw its way out of debt.
Posted In: European Union, Brussels, Europe debt crisis
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Former Autonomy head fires back against HP allegations

Yesterday, Hewlett-Packard announced that it was misled when it acquired the British software firm Autonomy last year. That acquisition forced the company to take an $8.8 billion hit to its bottom line last quarter.
Posted In: Hp, Hewlett-Packard, Meg Whitman
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In face of debt crisis, EU asks for budget increase

While most EU governments have been forced to freeze or cut their spending drastically, the European Commission is asking for a six percent budget increase.
Posted In: UK, European Commission

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