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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Aston Martin for sale

The company that makes James Bond's favorite car is up for sale. Ford is selling Aston Martin. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Ryanair says yes to cell phones

Known for its dirt-cheap fares, Ryanair has announced it will allow cell phone use on all flights starting next year. And the airline doesn't really care if some passengers don't like it. Stephen Beard reports.
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Shell execs won't face charges

The former head of the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell is off the hook. Sir Philip Watts and two other executives will not be prosecuted for overstating the company's oil and gas reserves. Stephen Beard reports.
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Outbidding Hezbollah for public support

The Lebanese government today says it'll pay $33,000 for each house damaged by the war. The announcement came more than a week after Hezbollah started its own handout to displaced citizens. Stephen Beard reports.
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Controversy over UK super-casino

A public hearing opens in Britain today to decide who will run the UK's first Vegas-style casino. Controversial US billionaire Philip Anschutz is the frontrunner. Stephen Beard has the story.
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Criticizing the Fed

A senior central banker from Britain has criticized the way the US Federal Reserve measures inflation. He says it's a mistake to strip the price of energy out of the inflation figures. Stephen Beard reports.
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A British invasion of American TV

More and more of the TV shows Americans like were originally made in the UK. From London, Stephen Beard reports on how British and American TV have been trading places.
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Britain to go even easier on shoplifters

Under a new sentencing proposal, persistent shoplifters in Britain would no longer be jailed. Retailers have reacted angrily to the plan, Stephen Beard reports.
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Extradition controversy resurfaces

A British businessman indicted for fraud in the US could be brought here in chains even though he's offered to travel voluntarily to face the charges, reigniting the controversy in Britain about the extradition treaty with America. Stephen Beard reports.
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New fuel in UK immigration debate

Over half a million East Europeans have flocked to Britain to work in the past two years, say new official statistics, and that's revived debate about the economic benefits — and disadvantages — of large-scale immigration. Stephen Beard reports.
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