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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

Britain wants to be hub for Sharia banking

Britain's government is trying to make the country a major world hub for financial transactions that conform to Islamic principles. Islamic banking and finance are a fast growing area.
Posted In: Islam, finance, United Kingdom (U.K.)

U.S. regulators fine Barclays for energy price manipulation

The case has added to the perception in Britain that U.S. regulators only pick on non-American banks.

The difference between Americans and Europeans? We're buying new cars

At a time when U.S. sales are soaring, Europe saw a drop of almost seven percent in the first half of this year. There is one bright spot: U.K. car sales are up.
Posted In: Auto, cars, tires, United Kingdom, Europe

GlaxoSmithKline accused of bribery in China

China’s security ministry claims executives of the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline have confessed to bribery charges.
Posted In: China, GlaxoSmithKline, pharmaceuticals

Barclays shuts down cash transfer businesses to prevent money laundering

Some fear the closures could hurt immigrants -- Somali expatriates in particular -- who rely on the transfer services to send funds back home.
Posted In: Barclays, Africa, money laundering

LIBOR gets a new shepherd

The contract to run the London Interbank Offered Rate or LIBOR -- one of the key benchmarks in the global financial system -- has been awarded to NYSE Euronext.
Posted In: LIBOR, libor scandal, NYSE

Cheerio! Why it's good to be British right now

With a British winner of the men's title at Wimbledon and a royal baby on the way, the mood of gloom in Britain is lifting.
Posted In: Britain, British

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon and 75 million reasons to smile

As a mere U.S. Open champion and Olympic gold medal winner, Murray had been making $12 million a year. That number is expected to shoot up to $75 million after his victory Sunday at Wimbledon.
Posted In: Sports, tennis

Europe eyes America's June jobs report

What is designed to give insight into the labor market may also guide future interest rates, since the Federal Reserve will be watching -- and so will Europe.
Posted In: Europe, jobs report, Unemployment

Europe angry about spying -- but enough to jeopardize a trade pact?

Recent revelations about the U.S. bugging European embassies have left some EU lawmakers furious -- apparently. But some argue that eavesdropping is ubiquitous and say that all will be forgotten in the cause of free trade.
Posted In: spying, trade

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