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.

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Features by Stephen Beard

Britain's place in the EU is on the table Thursday

Incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron said he'd reevaluate the U.K.'s membership.
Posted In: United Kingdom, david cameron, British elections, European Union
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras walks towards the stage to address MPs at the Greek parliament in Athens on Feb. 5, 2015. Tsipras spoke on the telephone to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he met with April 8, 2015.

Tsipras' visit with Putin raises European eyebrows

The Russian leader says the Greek PM didn't seek financial aid at their meeting.
Posted In: Greece, Russia, European Central Bank, European Union

Latvians differ over sanctions against Russia

Russian-speaking Latvians may oppose sanctions more than their Latvian-speaking compatriots but most see the country's future in the West.
Posted In: Russia, latvia, sanctions

Latvia's Russian minority not separatist

Latvia's Russian-speaking minority prefers economic stability to separatism.
Posted In: latvia, Russia, Economy

BBC drops "Top Gear" host, risking losses

Is firing a volatile but popular host good business?
Posted In: bbc, TV shows, racism
London Natural History Museum plans to update by kicking out Dippy the dinosaur.

Dinosaur departure prompts protests in the UK

Fake skeleton at London museum to be replaced by an actual one of a whale.
Posted In: Britain, culture, museums
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in scarf, greets German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble during a Eurogroup finance ministers meeting Feb. 11, 2015, in Brussels.

Is that Greek's finance minister or an action film star?

Economist Varoufakis radiates "masculinity you usually find only in Greek statues."
Posted In: Greece, Euro Eurozone, European debt crisis
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.

What if Greece really does leave eurozone?

As the country rejects austerity programs, other members fret about the impact.
Posted In: Eurozone, Greece, Yannis Varoufakis
Yanis Varoufakis arrives at the presidential palace to be sworn in as the Finance Minister under the country's new left wing government in Athens, Greece.

Europe resists Greece's charm offensive

Finance minister struggles to win support for Greek anti-austerity policies.
Posted In: Greece, debt, greek bailout

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