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

Why the EU and the U.S. target different individuals

Both the U.S. and the EU are imposing sanctions on Russia. But they're targeting different Russians.
Posted In: Russia, sanctions, European Union

Russia's annexation of Crimea comes with a cost

The Russian government faces many costs including the bill for infrastructure upgrades, increased salaries and pensions for officials.
Posted In: Crimea, Russia
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Backlash over Crimea hits Russian economy

Growth has slowed and could drop to zero within months, Russian politicians admit.
Posted In: Crimea, Russia
Miners In Utah

In U.K., a case for re-opening coal mines?

England still depends on coal for 40 percent of electricity
Posted In: coal, Britain

When England walked away from coal

Thirty years ago, the Thatcher government closed most coal mines.
Posted In: coal mining, Britain
Miner's strike

An English village, 30 years after its mine closed

Brampton lost its coal mine 30 years ago, despite a year-long miner's strike. What's there now?
Posted In: coal, Britain

Why not seize Putin's assets?

The EU and U.S. are considering sanctions to punish Russia for its intervention in Ukraine.
Posted In: Vladimir Putin, ukraine, United Kingdom (U.K.)

Ukraine: "The breadbasket of Europe"

Ukraine is known as the breadbasket of Europe; along with the U.S. and Australia, it's one of the world's top wheat exporters. And a lot of the wheat leaves the country via the Crimean peninsula. The risk of this trade route being cut off has pushed up grain prices this week.

Farmers reap grain in combine harvesters on land near Zhovtneve village, in the region of Chernigov. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images) 

But prices haven't increased too much, thanks to an expected surge in American grain production. Before the crisis the U.S. government had been forecasting that because of this abundance, grain prices would fall to a 10-year low.

Ukrainian protests follow oligarchs to London

Mansions outside of Ukraine are drawing charges of corruption as well
Posted In: ukraine, U.K., visa

Britain's Cold War Veterans: Out in the cold?

Some British veterans ordered to witness nuclear explosions during the Cold War went on to develop serious health problems.
Posted In: veterans, Britain

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