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

She She Pop members Ilia Papatheodorou, Wenke Seeman and Lisa Lucassen

A German show faces a Greek audience

A troupe of actresses from Germany face an Athens audience.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greek, Greece, Germany, performers, social issues
Crowds gather in the squares of Athens waiting for the results of a referendum vote that asked Greek citizens whether the country should accept a bailout deal from its creditors.

2 Greek women, far apart on the bailout issue

We revisit a telecom engineer and a psychologist to get their latest opinions.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greeks, Greece, referendum

In Greece, firms pay a steep price for the crisis

Businesses deal with plunging sales and wary suppliers.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Greeks, debt

What it's like to be a banker in Greece

Workers are emotionally spent from dealing with customers' tears and threats.
Posted In: Greece, greek bailout, Greek crisis
Commuters use the Athens Metro which has been declared free to use during the current Greek crisis.

People of Athens remain calm during debt crisis

The government gives cash-strapped citizens a free ride on subways.
Posted In: Greece, Eurozone, ECB, Greek debt, greekcrisis

Greece heads to crucial referendum

Greeks' vote Sunday may determine whether they stay in the eurozone.
Posted In: Greece, Euro Eurozone, Europe, greekcrisis
Pro-Euro protesters gather in front of the parliament building in Athens on Tuesday. Thousands of people rallied in Athens on Tuesday in support of a bailout deal with international creditors, which has been rejected by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Greece misses debt repayment deadline

Greece has failed to repay 1.6 billion euro debt owed to the IMF on time.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Europe debt crisis, Euro zone
Greece is experiencing a drug shortage as the country decreases healthcare spending.

Pharmacist rejects creditors' prescription for Greece

Business is tough in a profession earmarked for reform and greater competition.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Eurozone, pharmacists, Greece, European debt crisis

Sandwich-maker finds Greek debt hard to stomach

U.S.-educated businessman serves up some tough love for his homeland.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Eurozone, European debt crisis, Entrepreneur
Farmers wave Greek flags during a protest against government tax policies in central Athens in 2014.

Greece's tax collectors face public hostility

Greeks resent the prospect of tax hikes and also the way that powerful people seem able to avoid taxes.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Eurozone, European debt crisis, Taxes


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