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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

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

British pubs: popular but disappearing

Britain's famous warm hostelries are giving way to supermarkets and other stores.
Posted In: pubs, urban planning, beer
Russia's embargo

Europe faces produce glut after Russian ban

The EU looks to offload its goods, which are now banned from Russia.
Posted In: Russia, sanctions, European Union
Gold

Fixing the fix: Price-setting precious metals in London

After a series of benchmark rigging scandals, London's gold fix looks tarnished.
Posted In: gold, silver, price fixing, precious metals, London

The Ukrainian rebel who started as a sci-fi writer

"We have this...fascinating phenomenon of a sci-fi writer playing real war games.”
Posted In: ukraine, Russia, science fiction, fiction

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