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

An employee of the Russian oil company Yukos approaches an oil tank in the Tyumensk region of Russia. The company was bankrupted almost a decade ago after the oligarch owner clashed politically with President Putin.

Troubled times for Russia's oligarchs

Oligarchs were once at risk if they stepped out of line. Now, there's danger even if they don't.
Posted In: Russia, oil industry, oligarch
A statue of Sherlock Holmes comes to life - well, sort of - in London.

Giving voice to London's statues

From Queen Victoria to Sherlock Holmes, London's statues can talk.
Posted In: art, London, urban parks

The rise of Germany's 'euro-skeptics'

In the Eurozone's strongest economy, support is rising for a party that wants to pull out of the euro.
Posted In: Euro Eurozone, Germany, AfD
Mars One publicity shot

You could be the life on Mars. Yes, you.

A Dutch entrepreneur is offering a one-way trip, and reality TV wants a piece too.
Posted In: NASA, space, mars

Will the Scottish referendum come down to 'Braveheart' or cool head ?

Opponents of Scottish independence say emotion is getting the better of independence supporters.
Posted In: Scotland, referendum, United Kingdom (U.K.), braveheart

Scottish independence: the cost of uncertainty

Complicated calculations are in store if Scotland votes to separate from the UK.
Posted In: Scotland

Scotland's oil...or is it?

Scottish independence advocates are banking on the country's oil resources.
Posted In: Scotland, crude oil, bbc world service
Is Scotland trying to have its cake and eat it too?

Scotland's currency dilemma

UK politicians say if Scotland becomes independent, it can no longer use the pound.
Posted In: Scotland, United Kingdom (U.K.), currency, referendum
NATO

Will Europe start spending more on defense?

With new threats from Russia and ISIS, belt-tightening could come to an end.
Posted In: NATO, military spending, defense, Europe debt crisis

Volcanic rumblings stir economic concerns

Activity at Iceland's Bardabunga volcano raises fear of flight restrictions.
Posted In: air lines, airplane travel, volcano

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